- Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
CRITIC SCORE
91
Based on 27 reviews
2009 Rank: #1 / 798
USER SCORE
89
Based on
466 ratings

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Amazon
iTunes
Apple Music
Spotify

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. 

100
Slant Magazine

Soulful and almost structurally flawless, Merriweather finds one of the most talented, most creative pop bands finally and gloriously figuring it all out.

100
Uncut

It’s a rare contemporary album that sounds like it couldn't have been made at any other time or by any other band.

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.

95
XLR8R

While calling Merriweather a mature album may sound terribly condescending, as though past efforts were primarily driven by impetuous recklessness and a general lack of self-awareness, this is the first time that the band has fully realized the power of restraint.

91
Paste

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

91
Entertainment Weekly

It cleaves closer to Pitch’s more listener-friendly aesthetic, abandoning the self-indulgent impulses that sometimes muddied last year’s Strawberry Jam for an album full of effervescent, transportive oddity.

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
PopMatters

Merriweather Post Pavilion is a masterstroke, a release so fun to listen to it makes you actually hopeful for the new year, not just for music but for life in general.

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. 

90
Resident Advisor

Merriweather Post Pavilion is an expressionistic plea for fun and free by a band that's always relied more on atmosphere than lyrical sway, but one that wastes no sound for such complex arrangements.

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.

80
The Guardian

Animal Collective's hugely-anticipated ninth album is their most "pop." And yet, initially it makes no sense at all.

80
NOW Magazine

This is definitely an album designed for the iPod generation, recorded with repeated headphone listening rather than stadium rocking in mind.

70
Rolling Stone

The ninth disc from this Brooklyn/Baltimore crew tries balancing shameless beauty with ecstatic weirdness, and when they nail it, it's breathtaking.

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.
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
tigerballoon99
100
My favorite album I've ever listened to and the closest thing to musical perfection I have ever heard. Everything about this album just works. All of the songs are magnificent and sublime; there really is no weak link here. The production, the vocals, the lyrics, even the ordering of the tracks are all just perfect.

BEST TRACKS (can I just say all of them???): My Girls, Lion in a Coma, In the Flowers, Bluish, Brother Sport, Taste, Summertime Clothes, Also Frightened

WORST TRACKS: none
mxruss
95
Everytime I listen, I feel like I understand the album more and more. Moreover, AC really brings out their full potential in this record. Incredibly unique; I think this album captivates what AC is all about. One of, if not THE, best records of the past 10 years.
Errandboy
92
An awesome gateway into the rest of Animal Collective's records. Where it lacks in experimentation compared to previous records, it makes up for with bright and catchy tracks of Neo-Psychedelic bliss.

Favorite Tracks: In the Flowers, My Girls, Also Frightened, Daily Routine, Taste, Lion in a Coma, Brother Sport

Least Favorite Track: No More Runnin
More user reviews
Panda Bear - Person Pitch

Panda Bear

Person Pitch

Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala

Lonerism

Arcade Fire - Funeral

Arcade Fire

Funeral

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead

In Rainbows

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar

good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend

Modern Vampires of the City

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean

Channel Orange

DETAILS

January 20, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Ben Allen / Producer
myanimalhome.net / Website
Tags
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