Album Review: Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

January 20, 2009


Concept: Hey, you guys, look what I bought from that pale happy-looking guy in the alley!

Sound: The densest, nuttiest songs to hit mainstream music since Magical Mystery Tour. There is no conventional percussion or beat on what might be considered very slow songs, but instead the constant warbling of warp speed backing synth lines. Also: REVERB. Reverb out the wazoo. Reverb until you drop dead of an anxiety attack. Reverb. Almost every track is an undeniable success in sonic euphoria, but its hard to be ‘feeling’ these guys for nigh on an hour without ‘feeling’ creeped the hell out. It’s like making out with a clown, that’s what it is.

Lyrics: The lyricism is…fitting. It’s tastefully organized alongside the music, and certainly exudes excitement and anticipation. Of course, there are times where (if you visualize what they’re saying) you can’t help but realize they’re completely insane: “Let’s leave the sound of the heat from the sound of the rain/ It’s easy to sleep when it wets my brain/ You close my rest with a saccharin sheen/ Kissing my wind through my window screen.” Have fun sucking on your house, oh wacky pop master.

Quick And Dirty: Completely new. Completely weird. Animal Collective remains the closest music has ever come to emulating a drug bender. (♦♦♦♦)


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