Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
CRITIC SCORE
91
Based on 21 reviews
2009 Rank: #1 / 582
USER SCORE
90
Based on
245 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.

90
AllMusic
AllMusic

Like the best experimental rockers surging toward nirvana ... Animal Collective have not only created a private soundworld like none other, they've also made it an inviting place to visit.


 
90
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

This is a band at the heights of its powers, fully in command of its sound and its creative process, unafraid to try basically anything.

90
American Songwriter
American Songwriter

Their seventh LP once again proves that Animal Collective are as musically divergent as they are prolific. 

80
NME
NME

‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ is a crate-digging, blog-reading, lost treasure-unearthing music nerd’s world of influences distilled into something that anyone, people who don’t even know what a blog is, can get immediately, and keep on getting at different levels.

80
The Skinny
The Skinny

A rich, multi-layered amalgamation of the band's past, Merriweather Post Pavilion captures the cascading feints of their less-celebrated roots and cloys them together with Strawberry Jam's pyrotechnic showers, producing an instantaneous and exhilarating imprint of Animal Collective in the here and now.

User Reviews
DeafJudge
96
This album created a whole new way of listening to music for me. It had me go deeper and made me appreciate music on a new level.

This album is itself and succeeds at that. It can take a few listenings before getting into it. It has some great catchy songs, but not to the point where it gets bad (like most popular "radio" music). MPP also creates a load of positive feelings throughout the album, such as chill songs as "No More Runnin", and the song "Summertimes ... read more
Gupla
96
No piensen... Solo bailen.
Tom Simmons
94
Fav Tracks: My Girls, Summertime Clothes, In The Flowers, Bluish, Also Frightened, Taste, Brothersport, No More Runnin', Daily Routine, Lion In A Coma, Guys Eyes
friendlybison
83
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.
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
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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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