Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
CRITIC SCORE
92
Based on 20 reviews
2009 Rank: #1 / 485
USER SCORE
90
Based on
193 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

Merriweather's sound plays like both a summation and an expansion of everything Animal Collective has done so far, with a sharper focus on melody and more emboldened vocals that drive the songs.

100
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

MPP is a dense studio record with a prominent synthetic pulse, but AC does not jettison warmth by leaning ‘lectronic, instead defying the sterility associated with its own techniques. 

100
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

The boys of Animal Collective have mapped out some previously uncharted waters, producing a style of music that could belong to no one else; a distinctive, flawless fusion of the semi- automated and the wholly organic. 

96
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

What they've constructed here is a new kind of electronic pop-- one which is machine-generated and revels in technology but is also deeply human, never drawing too much attention to its digital nature.

91
Paste
Paste

This is the new indie ethos: Don’t think; dance.

90
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

Is Merriweather Post Pavilion the flawless album that it's been willed to be? Taken as a whole I'd say it's pretty damn close. 

90
Tiny Mix Tapes
Tiny Mix Tapes

On Merriweather, their art reminds us that immersion in Western tropes need not be met with scorn, that not all of its idioms have yet been exhausted, that embracing optimism and melody can still be so relevant -- and it aches in the most soulful of ways.

90
musicOMH
musicOMH

Oozing fun out of every pore, this record is the perfect tonic to the increasingly troubled times that 2009 brings with it and will most likely feature on many of those Best Of lists come December.

User Reviews
friendlybison
87
I love the energetic and playful moments of this album. It does such a good job at immersing the listener in all of it's sounds and layers. Some of the build up is pretty lackluster but everything else is done to a T.

JediMark
97
Superior Tracks: My Girls / In the Flowers / Bluish / Taste / Lion in a Coma / No More Running / Brother Sport.
Great tracks: Also Frightened / Summertime Clothes / Daily Routine / Guys Eyes.
Mediocre tracks: //

austincrane235
97
Best Track: In The Flowers, My Girls, Also Frightened, Bluish, Guys Eyes, or Brother Sport
Worst Track: Daily Routine
Most Overrated Track: n/a
Most Underrated Track: Taste

JustinSlick
NR
There are moments that burn very brightly, but I think this is one of those masterpieces that you enjoy a little less as time wears on. I still put it on from time to time, but it doesn't have a real hold on me, like a few other albums from the 09-10 stretch.

Ntando
60
I don't get it! It is what it is,just not for me.
If you like my type of music You won't like this album but it's reviewed good so it's good if you get it, i guess

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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 3 - A.V. Club
# 7 - Amazon
# 1 - Consequence of Sound
# 7 - Drowned in Sound
# 1 - MOJO
# 1 - musicOMH
# 5 - NME
# 1 - No Ripcord
# 2 - NPR
# 2 - Paste
# 1 - Pitchfork
# 1 - PopMatters
# 1 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 4 - Q Magazine
# 14 - Rolling Stone
# 1 - Spin
# 1 - Stereogum
# 1 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 1 - Uncut
Track List
  1. In the Flowers
  2. My Girls
  3. Also Frightened
  4. Summertime Clothes
  5. Daily Routine
  6. Bluish
  7. Guys Eyes
  8. Taste
  9. Lion in a Coma
  10. No More Runnin
  11. Brother Sport
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