Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion


5.0
classic

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
September 9th, 2011 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All it takes is one album to flip the world upside down.


If there’s an album that I could personally point to as a sort of musical epiphany it would have to be Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Two years ago I stood in a Best Buy, holding the green and purple colored album in my hands, wondering if it was worth a gander based off of all the Internet hype. I relented to the craze and purchased the album.

Fast forward a few weeks and this album had basically floated its way into the no-man’s land section of my Itunes. I saw this Animal Collective outing as something bizarre. It was such a left field shot from anything I had ever heard that I abandoned it completely. Sure the melodies of songs like “My Girls” and “Daily Routine” were nice, but it didn’t offset the mess of noise that the album seemed to me at the time.

Skip ahead to the present and I’m astounded by the change. Whether it was time or something else, this album that I felt was massively overhyped has now become a cornerstone of my musical journey. I discern the beauty of “My Girls”, the romp of “Summertime Clothes”, and the freak-fest bounce of “Brothersport”. From the subtle buildup of “In the Flowers”, the swampy textures of “Also Frightened”, to the simplicity of “Taste”, Animal Collective has created very nearly the most perfect “Pop” album I have heard this side of Person Pitch.

This album really pushed the boundaries of what I considered music. Within it’s loops, sputters, and noise I found something I’d been searching for my entire listening life: music expression at it’s finest. Music that can make you feel. Here was an album I could truly relate to. If there is only one album I could put on a pedestal for how it has developed my view of music, it would be Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Personally this album is an emotional roller coaster at it’s finest. The melancholy sadness of “In the Flowers” is met with the joy of life that “My Girls” gives. The comfort and protection of “Also Frightened” is tempered by the adventure of “Summertime Clothes. “Lion in a Coma” presents a freeing romp, while “No More Running mellows out the adrenaline build up. “Taste” relates to the simple things, and “Bluish” reinvents some of the darkness of the Flowers. Animal Collective feeds us these elements and we make of them what we can. It’s a very individual feeling album, vague lyrics and meanings allowing the listener to build their own proper house of thoughts.

Merriweather came to me at the perfect time. It is a record of new beginnings, insecurity, apprehension, and excitement, and this echoes my life in a nutshell since the minute I picked it up. From “My Girls” roaming synth line and rousing chorus about taking care of those you love, “Also Frightened”s tribal beats and apprehension about the big world surrounding, “Summertime Clothes”’ bounce and adventure, to the encouraging message of “Brothersport”, Animal Collective’s latest sounds have echoed my own.

Although this album has and may bring me to many other artists and paths (as well Animal Collective’s other works), it was always stick around as something that has inspired, developed, and encouraged me. It tells me it is okay to be a little scared, okay to have fun, okay to be different. Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of a kind, and I am grateful it kept at me through all my doubt.



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WhiteWallStargazers
September 9th 2011


2647 Comments


blargh

Tyrael
September 9th 2011


20946 Comments


Hyperbole

Good review!

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Comatorium.
September 9th 2011


4186 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Venue>>>>>>>>>>this album.

WashboardSuds
September 9th 2011


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol

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wabbit
September 9th 2011


7020 Comments


ugh. I get it but I fucking hate this album.

pizzamachine
September 9th 2011


12571 Comments


Great review man! Sup fellow Beholder bro.

McMegaMountain
September 9th 2011


213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When this first hit the net back in late 2008 I was floored by it. Played it every day. "Summertime Clothes" was the best song I'd heard by them, and I gathered their entire back catalog.

Then it just kinda got forgotten about by mid 2009. I think seeing their atrocious live shows at both Roo and Lolla hurt their image for me. I'm sure club shows would be better but they are not cut out for massive festivals like that... especially right before Tool played at Lolla. Bad call on Lolla's part.

Still tho, its the only album by them that I still own.

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pizzamachine
September 9th 2011


12571 Comments


some idiot negged this :/

WhiteWallStargazers
September 9th 2011


2647 Comments


Ghost Negggg'd

WhiteWallStargazers
September 9th 2011


2647 Comments


Honestly it's really about a 4 for music, but I gave it a 5 because it really changed my viewing of music and everything I stated in the review. I prefer Strawberry Jam in terms of musical content.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2011


10362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

Good review! I really enjoy this album, it's a fun change of pace for me.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2011


50872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I usually listen to Strawberry Jam and Feels instead of this

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2011


28787 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

what a dreadful review of a dreadful album

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2011


4507 Comments


"All it takes is one album to flip the world upside down."

Album didn't do shit. It made some end of the year lists and inspired some more college dropouts to
record shitty atmospheric pop from their bedrooms.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2011


50872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol

WhiteWallStargazers
September 9th 2011


2647 Comments


Thanks MisterTornado, I should be more clear that it is supposed to refer to my world, not the music world as a whole.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2011


28787 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

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UnnamedOcean
September 9th 2011


3980 Comments


Band really annoys me...

Attis
September 9th 2011


333 Comments


yea

Rev
September 9th 2011


9439 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i had more or less the same experience with this


high five



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