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Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Merriweather Post Pavilion is the ninth studio album from Animal Collective, recorded with Ben Allen in Oxford, Mississippi. After listening to this record, however, it's clear that Animal Collective have transcended the everyday realities of numbers, locations and people and arrived at a spectacular, unique place. Animal Collective have made a universal record that makes the same ... Read more in Amazon's Animal Collective Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B001MW0J2O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,403,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There are many reviews on Amazon of Merriweather Post Pavilion and clearly it is polarising opinion which in one sense is the sign of a great album. While I understand the "don't get it" mentality some of the destructive negativity that goes with it is probably undeserved. Although there are some albums (mostly by Razorlight) which I would happily turn a flamethrower full on or attack with a sledgehammer so I do understand the sentiment.

A theory - it seems to me that the roots all modern rock music can be traced back in some form to 3 key sources the Velvet Underground's debut album, Pet Sounds & Smile by the Beach Boys and the wider work of the Beatles. Ok it's a vast over generalisation but stick with me. Animal Collective stand in the line of experimentation started by Brian Wilson that has clearly developed over time with a multitude of influences such as Mercury Rev, Grandaddy, Flaming Lips and Beck. Some including Alan McGee have even cited Hall and Oates. As a comparision "I can't go for that" (sorry) yet when MPP works it is joyful, transcending and breathtaking and I sort of know what he means.

Surely the point is that Animal Collective are a bunch of magpies who are "stealing with pride" and who in addition bring their own high level of originality and dreamy pop to create a new fusion that takes music into new realms. If you don't get it fair enough; but to these ears "My Girls" "Summertime Clothes" and "Lion in a coma" are classic pop songs which are infectious and innovative. "No more runnin" is wonderfully ambient and laidback as "Bluish" is exhilarating.

"My Girls" has already been re-mixed by a huge range of artists (the HATCHMATIX disco mix is especially good so to the Pitch Lab edit) and is vying for the song of the year.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My twopenneth 28 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
Animal Collective are a band who can go into your kitchen and, armed with a collection of glass bowls, saucepans and the contents of your cutlery draw, could produce a masterpiece... or conversely sound like a bunch of kids mucking about in the kitchen. This is because they completely understand the basic beauty and evocative nature of sound, but sometimes get lost between the original idea and the final product.

I can put up with the near misses if they continue to come up with those astonishing moments when, out of a seemingly chaotic mess, everything resolves with a single note or chord change.

This obviously puts a lot of people off, and tries their patience. 12 minutes of "Visiting friends" is not for everyone, but I completely understand and love that track. All 12 minutes of it.

However with the first few tracks of Strawberry Jam I thought they were getting stale and were repeating themselves. I thought Panda Bear had outgrown them with Person Pitch and the end was nigh. But then with "For Reverand Green" and "Fireworks" all was right with the world.

MPP picks up from those tracks, weaves in the splendid ideas from Person Pitch and on we go. MPP isn't a perfect album. "Also Frightened" is dreary and is best skipped and "Lion in a coma" (a play on words) doesn't quite work for me. But the majority of it is so sumptuous, warm, and life affirming that it would be bonkers to give it less than 5 stars.

If you're new to Animal Collective then this is the album to start with. "Daily Routine" gives you an idea of their earlier work. The way the extended voice is harmonised with those shining bell sounds towards the end of the track is classic AC and may invite you to buy "Feels" and "Sung Tongs".

If you're already a fan you've already got this.
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66 of 88 people found the following review helpful
By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I've liked the idea of Animal Collective since I first heard of them many years ago. I've been trying to like the reality since Sung Tongs, the first album of theirs that I heard. I've listened to every record since, including Panda Bear's second solo album, the much-acclaimed Person Pitch. But I don't like them. In fact, I pretty much hate their music.

Some context. I wrote about music for a few websites and some magazines for several years; I gave rave reviews to people like Caribou (when he was still Manitoba), Bark Psychosis, Fennesz, The Necks, Acoustic Ladyland, and Patrick Wolf. I've got a big record collection. I like a lot of 60s psych music, Tropicalia, 70s fusion jazz, My Bloody Valentine, Orbital, Aphex Twin, Talk Talk, Can, Long Fin Killie, Battles, blah blah blah etc. I'm not at all adverse to "experimental" music; I earned money writing about it! I also like pop music, Beatles, Bacharach, great melodies, timeless songs, gorgeous harmonies etc etc.

So why don't I like Animal Collective, seemingly one of the most consistently acclaimed alternative bands of the 2000s, who are meant to be both mind-wideningly experimental and exultantly pop? The thing is that I don't really know. I can't touch their music. I can't recall any of it. It gives me a headache, makes me lose concentration. I can't focus on their records like I can on, say, a Super Furry Animals record, or a Califone record, or a Kitchens Of Distinction record, or whatever.
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Published 22 days ago by Mr. K. M. Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars An unsympathetic production
No Animal Collective hyperboles needed from me. There are enough here already to fill a woodman's sac. Read more
Published 23 months ago by V.H.S Canterel
4.0 out of 5 stars I've Finally Worked Out How To Listen To This Record!
I've owned this album for a couple of years now and although I've quite enjoyed it on occasions, I've also struggled with it a bit. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Mr. W. J. Griffiths
2.0 out of 5 stars oh look, its 1968 (again)
Maybe its me but I dont get this at all... this band and album have been hyped to the max as the "next big thing" so like everybody else I guess I bought it to see what the fuss... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by mariopops
2.0 out of 5 stars emperor's new clothes ?
After reading umpteen good reviews I gave this a try - several plays in fact but I can't get into this at all. Read more
Published on 20 April 2011 by Russell Finch
3.0 out of 5 stars An album to admire, but not to love.
I've kind of summed this record up in my review title. It is a superb exploration of sounds and delves deep into a myriad of fantastic influences from the Beach Boys, through... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2010 by Mr. M. L. Hawes
3.0 out of 5 stars Well it isn't bad I guess
This album is not bad but I don't see what the fuss is about. It is hardly cutting edge. It basically sounds like the Beatles. We got past this stage years ago. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2010 by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous Waves of Sound
It's a been a pretty good year for my discovering new, to me, albums, Animal Collective's Merryweather Post Pavilion being a happy unearthing. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2010 by Ghostgrey51
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a gamble...
Having never heard of Animal Collective until i read a very positive review by a critic whose opinion i trust, i decided to take a gamble.

At first i didn't like it. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time later
What, 18 months passed since I first heard this?
Deeper in love with it each time.
It's a proper record - unfolds and grows and has not dimmed - only burned... Read more
Published on 16 July 2010 by Kees Popinga
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