It's colourful and playful at times, ambient and moody at others. Some songs thump along in a psych-out rave. The electronic buzz ringing, the climatic synths, the blasting drums!!...then other songs become drenched in neo-psych hazes, slowly unraveling; basked in beautiful melody and harmonies.
And that's the key really. "Merriweather Post Pavillion" is Animal Collective's most outright beautiful record. All those uplifting moments of pure joy from the old albums are fully realised and explored. It's a triumph. It's Animal Collective's best, and the best this year so far.