- Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
CRITIC SCORE
91
Based on 26 reviews
2009 Rank: #1 / 741
USER SCORE
89
Based on
364 ratings

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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

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

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

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

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

90
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

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

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

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

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
DIY

This record delivers on so many different levels, and lives up to, and some would say even exceeds, the lofty and often preposterous expectations of the blogosphere.

90
American Songwriter

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

80
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

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
Apr 16, 2014
SiberianBreaks
86
AnCo's most accessible effort with extremely colourful production and solid songwriting as well. It's safe to say that this is THE album for the summer. It may be their most inviting and most successful release to date, but I feel that their noisy, experimental side had the higher highs.

Favourite tracks: In the Flowers, My Girls, Brother Sport
Jan 29, 2016
100
Best album of the world imo, i love everything here displayed
Jan 26, 2016
70
I really was wishing to get into this album, and have listened to it a bunch of times before posting this review. The indie rock press has just gushed over this album, but there seems to be a love/hate thing going on here with a lot of the reviews. I would be bound to say that I fall somewhere in the middle - I didn't feel that strongly about this album one way or the other. Would I call the album overrated? Probably. Nevertheless, I can examine how some would find this album enjoyable. The ... read more
Dec 18, 2015
98
this is pet sounds being put out in 2009. If you consider yourself even a casual listener of albums, then this is a can't miss. Is it their best album? Maybe. Is it flawless? Not quite. More than anything, this IS music in 2009.
It's an awe-inspiring work that tackles LSD, parental anxieties, staying true to oneself, basic human values, tripping balls, encouragement, love, support, and masturbation. What's not to like?
Aug 12, 2015
Gupla
100
En simples palabras, Animal Collective logra en su material más accesible, demostrar que nada los depara a seguir creciendo. Once canciones que fueron guardadas para escapar en el momento justo, y así, hacer un material del cual nadie puede evitar. Merriweather Post Pavilion es el punto más alto hacía esa tarea que Animal Collective venía armando desde que empezaron, la de llegar a hacer, el álbum perfecto.
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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
Contributions By
royalflush, patton, philthy, erik
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