Animal Collective Crafts Masterpiece

Posted: February 10, 2009 by Mike Estabrook in BLARE -- music, POP - pop culture
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Animal Collective has always been about stages. First, the outfit was very experimental with Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’re Vanished and Danse Manatee. The “freak-folk” label came with Sung Tongs and Feels. Strawberry Jam was the first step to minor “accessibility.”

Ditch all those meaningless descriptions with Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective’s latest release. This album is simply a magnificent piece of art.


Named after the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Baltimore, an outdoor concert venue, Animal Collective (Panda Bear, Avey Tare, and Geologist) wanted this record to be a sonic experience worthy of an outdoor celebration. Every track achieves just that.

“In the Flowers” offers a hypnotic intro before exploding into a rave-like cascade of sound. The line, “If I could just leave my body for a night,” foreshadows the outer-body quality the rest of the album holds.

Two of MPP‘s most pulsating tracks: “Summertime Clothes” and “Lion In a Coma” irresistibly make you want to let all your shit go and just move. The trio powerfully reminds us that music is supposed to be felt.

After the giddy “Daily Routine” and the trance-inducing “Bluish,”  “Taste” asks, “Am I really all the things that are outside of me?” Amid the overwhelming forces of sound, AC manages to slip in some potent lyrics.

While each track transports you to a magnificent Animal Collective paradise, “My Girls” and “Brother Sport” are two of the most beautiful tracks I’ve ever heard and are beyond comparison. They are as close to perfect as songs can be. From the sprawling instrumentation to the incredible harmonies between Panda Bear and Avey Tare, each element of these gems gets me every time.

Many bloggers have already declared this the album to beat in 2009. While all these “bests” are well-deserved, I think what matters most is that it feels insanely good to listen to.

~ Mike Estabrook

  1. hugjuffs says:

    dammmmn. sounds fuckin mindblowing. stawberry jam was hot, and i might even consider paying for this album.

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