Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion


2.5
average

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
October 25th, 2009 | 222 replies | 8,211 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


32 of 40 thought this review was well written

Animal Collective has always been good at one thing, and that’s delving into really odd concepts with nostalgic backdrops. However, never before has the band been so obnoxiously happy and haphazard where it’s hard to get through a whole record when in fact you could just listen to something worthwhile instead. Merriweather Post Pavilion is meant to inspire you to jump around like the kid inside your soul but the problem the record has is overdoing the effect until the feeling expires, which happens far too early.

The record begins and ends with swaying, pulsating, echoing anthems, all of them containing very strange sounds depicting nature on acid and extremely loose vocal performances. From the random water splats to the bubbly backdrops, there’s just no room for more layers. The part that’s most annoying is how well-arranged it all is, and the part that makes that element annoying is how abhorrent the atmosphere becomes just after the first few tracks. In The Flowers is a promising beginning with guitar-tinged electronic dazing crescendo to smashing percussion, but right off the bat when My Girls starts it feels like you’ve just heard this before. The same effects are used far too periodically throughout the whole record, or if they are used on only one or two tracks, they are beat to ***ing death (see Summertime Clothes and its modulating twanging and spraying). Amongst the style of past-inspired leaping around, it’s like they recorded the thoughts of an autistic kid and knew anyone who liked this record could relate.

The biggest vice this album holds is its absolute stubbornness to let up at all on the redundancy. All the songs blend far too well together because of this, and sometimes when the album tries to switch things up, like on No More Runnin, it has a tendency to stick to the same pattern set from the beginning of the track, switching an interlude from a breather to a burden. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Brothersport has got to be the most obnoxious song on the record. Combining thirty-seven vocal layers and repeating MIDI-explosions is not the best way to end an album. But again, the album as a whole tries very hard. In fact you could say they're good at making songs that sound like well-arranged homo-erotica.

“Don’t look now, but Merriweather Post Pavilion might just be” audible brain damage. Electronica is a fairly malleable genre. Saying there’s an infinite amount of directions to take is an understatement, and unfortunately not all of those directions have been mastered, or even ventured. Some paths are just not meant to be taken.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2009



17200 Comments


I WILL FUCKING DESTROY YOU!

Gyromania
October 25th 2009



15200 Comments


I hate you times infinity. Burn in hell. Sorry, had to get that off my chest. Awesome review, but obviously I disagree.

Gyromania
October 25th 2009



15200 Comments


pos. and LOL at Adam's comment.

ToWhatEnd
October 25th 2009



3172 Comments


You're on a roll this month. Thrice, Converge, Animal Collective. Radiohead and Protest the Hero next?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2009



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah ok whatever

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

fireaboveicebelow
October 25th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I did radiohead a long time ago, and devsol took care of pth

Roach
October 25th 2009



2149 Comments


i mean come on this is better than children of bodom

PanasonicYouth
October 25th 2009



7411 Comments


oh shit
you didn't...

fireaboveicebelow
October 25th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i mean come on this is better than children of bodom
you keep bringing them up as if they're a paramount part of my everyday listening it's hilarious

Roach
October 25th 2009



2149 Comments


i mean come on this is at least better than children of bodom


rasputin
October 25th 2009



14517 Comments


lol

FreePizzaDay
October 25th 2009



1526 Comments


I actually agreed with quite a few of the points you made. Record was enjoyable, but I've always felt I missed the boat on it.

BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

(Big Boy drops on Japan again) EIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOBHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Disfigured and flaming bodies run amok on the streets.

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 25th 2009



3743 Comments


5 classic
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Sigur Ros ( )
Swallow The Sun The Morning Never Came

fireaboveicebelow
October 25th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i mean come on this is at least better than children of bodom
children of boredom

oh no cam's posting things people already know

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 25th 2009



3743 Comments


4.5 superb
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hydeyomoney
October 25th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sup Greer, hows life in suckland?

RobotFrank
October 25th 2009



344 Comments


I'm with you in the minority on this one. I've tried, I've tried again. I saw them at Bonnaroo. Nothing sticks for me with this band. Good to see somebody not heaping praise upon this, for once.

Gyromania
October 25th 2009



15200 Comments


His musical taste is irrelevant, people.

BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You already made your point but you kick the horse after it's dead, I respect that. I never really dug any of the songs I heard off this though.



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