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Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective

2009

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Album Summary

Merriweather Post Pavilion is the eighth studio album by American experimental pop group Animal Collective, released in January 2009 on Domino Records. The group recorded the album as a trio featuring members Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Avey Tare (Dave Portner) and Geologist (Brian Weitz), with co-production by Ben H. Allen. The album features an electronic sound, including the use of samplers and synthesizers as primary instruments, as well as prominent reverb. It is titled after the Maryland venue of the same name, where Portner and Weitz attended concerts in their youth. The album peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the US Top Independent Albums charts. According to review aggregate site Metacritic, Merriweather was the most critically acclaimed album of 2009, and went on to sell over 200,000 copies by 2012. It spawned the singles "My Girls" (named the Best Song of 2009 by Pitchfork and Slant Magazine), "Summertime Clothes", and "Brother Sport". The album's reverb-heavy psychedelic pop sound would exert a wide influence on music of the subsequent decade.

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2.94

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3825

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Indie
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5

helllllll yes dude i love this album!!!!! its like 1 of my favs. im like entirely unablle to write rn but this sxhit owbns. ethereal n gorgeoutd n psychedekiivc n shit. sorry thid is one handed im eating an apple rn. not my fav anco but top 5 4 sure

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Albums like this make me think that the "before" in "1001 Albums to Listen Before You Die" in fact establishes a causal relationship, rather than a procedural one

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5

I have quite the soft spot for the psychedelic pop that Animal Collective seems to energetically spew into the world. It's loud, bewildering, complex music with an energy that I can never quite put my finger on but personally cannot stop chasing. It's a thrilling album that continues to challenge 10 years later while never feeling overbearing. The groups masterpiece no doubt.

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Je n'ai aucun souvenir de cet album, et pour cause, un événement tragique a eu lieu ce week end. Replongeons nous dans le contexte. Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que mon camarade d'écoute, robsepulturière, a récemment pris un grand tournant dans sa vie. En effet, dans la continuité de l'emergence de ses idéaux musicaux extrêmes, il décidé d'emmenager en Allemagne pour se rapprocher de Kraftwerk et NEU75. Il faut savoir que rob, s'étant récemment fait virer de son cabinet d'avocats suite à ses prises de paroles musicales intempestives, est en grande difficulté financière. C'est pour cela que rob a choisi de vivre en famille d'accueil en Allemagne. C'est là, au sein de cette famille, que l'impesable va se produire. Alors que rob ouvrait la porte menant à l'intérieur du domicile de sa famille, il fut directement intercepté par la mère, horrifiée. En effet, cette dernière avait retrouvé un CD des Crusarders caché entre les chaussettes de rob. Pour "purifieren" rob selon ses termes, elle se décida à lui jouer une chanson de Michael Kiwanuka. Or, Michael Kiwanuka vien tde faire son entrer dans la liste des 1001 albums du générateur. Rob a donc brisé le serment générateurien, en écoutant une chanson n'ayant pas encore été générée... Mais ce n'est la que le début des rebondissements, la suite dans le prochain review.

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3

Un album sympathique mais très froid, un peu comme l'air qui soufflait dans mes cheveux tout au long de la promenade durant laquelle j'ai écouté celui-ci. J'ai d'ailleurs croisé plusieurs animaux parmi lesquels des chiens et des chevaux. Vous avez probablement eu connaissance du scandale auquel j'ai pris part et qui a été dénoncé par mon compagnon d'écoute et rival elpouletbasquaise. Voici ma version des faits. Vous savez comme moi que la dernière édition du grimoire de Robert contient désormais l'album Kiwanuka de Michael Kimanuka, projet que j'avais d'ailleurs déjà écouté avant qu'il ne soit introduit. Vous savez tout aussi bien que, pour pouvoir prétendre aux 1001 vierges promises par Robert au terme de la liste, il est interdit à quiconque d'écouter la moindre chanson issue de celle-ci. Et justement. Il y a quelques jours, la mère de ma famille d'accueil me demanda si je connaissais un certain Michael Kiwanuka. Je lui répondis que je le connaissais évidemment, tout au contraire d'elpouletbasquaise qui, soit dit en passant, est un odieux personnage. Prenant ma réponse affirmative pour une invitation à faire entendre l'un de ses morceaux, celle-ci lança l'un d'eux, à savoir Love & Hate. Je vérifiai comme à l'habitude que la chanson n'apparaissait pas dans son album générable, et une fois ceci fait, appréciai alors la musique l'esprit léger. Un rapide coup d'œil en direction de l'écran de téléphone duquel sortait le son me fit entrevoir la pochette de l'album interdit. Cette apparition totalement injustifiée me fit croire à une transgression des règles du générateur, j'appelai donc Robert pour implorer son pardon, sans savoir que j'étais dans mon droit. Robert me l'accorda mais promut elpouletbasquaise au rang de bras droit. Revenons maintenant à ma promenade. À mon retour, au moment d'insérer la clé dans la serrure, je m'aperçus qu'elle avait été forcée. J'entrai donc à mon domicile et rejoignis le salon. Quelle ne fut ma surprise de découvrir la mère de ma famille d'accueil ligotée sur le sol. Au niveau de sa tempe était dirigé un pistolet silencieux appartenant à l'inquiétant Norbert Episode (l'espion apparu dans ma critique de Destroyer de Kiss). Celui-ci rangea son arme, s'avança vers moi puis chuchota à mon oreille les mots suivants: « Revirements dentaires ». J'allai aussitôt me coucher en ressassant ce qu'il venait de me dire : « Revirements dentaires, revirements dentaires... Mais bien sûr ! "Revirements dentaires" était une anagramme de "Dernier avertissement"... » J'avais été menacé.

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2

Appreciate the creativity here but I’m not sure it was animal collective’s intention for people to listen to this without access to shrooms

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5

Forgive me for my bias, because Animal Collective is one of my favorite bands and their 2000s run is everything I like about experimental music, but yeah this is kind of a masterpiece. If you don't see some beauty in the chorus of My Girls, I don't know what to tell you. It's an interesting progression into maturity to hear this band go from screaming about growing up, playing tribal tunes, and complaining about college to crooning about their desire for a simple life with a house and a wife but it's unmistakably still the same writers. Amazing production, amazing sequencing, amazing emotion, recommended for edgier fans of Brian Wilson.

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5

There are some pretty off the wall ideas and sounds over here but at its core this is just a really exuberant and danceable pop album, this Aussie gives it five McFeasts from Macca's out of five

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5

I loved this, Animal collective is so weird and cool. This album reminds me of Age of Adz in a lot of ways. The second half is what really sold me on this, the first part up until Daily Routine was good felt a bit monotonous. 9/10

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5

Nope

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5

AC's best album and one of my all-time favorites. Here's a totally subjective track ranking: Brother Sport > My Girls > Bluish > Lion In a Coma > Summertime Clothes > Also Frightened > No More Runnin > Daily Routine > In the Flowers > Taste > Guys Eyes Also check out their Fall Be Kind EP for more of this style, especially What Would I Want? Sky and I Think I Can

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5

One of the great albums.From the get go...the build up and the drums at 02:31 of 'In the flowers' and we are off!!inventive,hypnotic a new discovery every listen...great stuff altogether

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5

This is one of those albums you have to experience everywhere. I've listened to this with headphones, on tiny speakers, and with large speakers and a bass system. I've listened to this while on a train, trying to sleep, working, high on edibles, even on shrooms. Just like mbv's Loveless, there's a lot of ways to experience the album and break down everything happening. It's a psychedelic pop masterpiece: Animal Collective's proudest and most accessible moment. The songs completely envelop you. It's immensely colorful and bright. The vocals are clear, and the lyrics are optimistic and engaging. The synths are used to advance their creativity in psychedelia, tools that had been developing for a decade following Flaming Lips's reinvention of the genre. Some tracks you can dance to, while at other things they serve a more artistic purpose, to wow the audience and glue the tracks together as part of a large continuous scheme. Track ordering is perfect. Starts off with the fan favorite "In The Flowers," setting the standard for the impressive weirdness you're in store for. The next four songs are the accessible pop hits to entice any newcomers to the wonderful world of psychedelic synthpop. The rest of the album has their own merits. They're dynamic, constantly evolving, and very fun to listen to while high. Pick and choose your favorites, but I love them all. I find them all super memorable. There are moments to groove along, and there are moments to just pause and appreciate what's happening. Reminds me of Bjork's work here and there, but mostly The Beatles and Beach Boys during their psychedelic phases. The album ends with the optimistic "Brother Sport." I adore the repetition in this album. Some may find it excessive, but I find it works really well, especially when it takes the focus while noises shift in the background. "Brother Sport" is based around this idea in each of its stages and it leaves with a satisfactory happy ending.

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4

7. Might need to relisten since I did this across multiple stints of driving and navigating, but it seemed pretty good but nothing stood out

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3

An album born from ambition and technical prowess, but the unfortunate result is an album that's impossible to love. Let me elaborate. I came here knowing nothing about Animal Collective (after university I travelled the world for a decade, so when this came out I had no real desire to strain myself with maintaining a working knowledge of contemporary American indie trends), so this was my first experience of the group. Afterwards, I feel no internal clamour to make Animal Collective part of my life. Firstly, their aesthetic is wilfully garish and saccharine, but a conscious use of the garish and saccharine, whether sincere or ironic, is still garish and saccharine, and it will annoy those who have a distaste for the garish and saccharine, just as metal's aggressiveness and indelicacy alienates plenty of people. Secondly, I mentioned at the start that the album is ambitious, which is of course a highly loaded term. For instance, the choral singing constantly used on the album is a clear nod to the Beach Boys, but such an homage reveals irresolution as much as taste: are they complimenting the Beach Boys, or are they grasping for the trendiest ideas? I honestly can't tell you. Developing this Beach Boys comparison further, I don't think the melodies on this album are that memorable. Yes, I know there's also an unmelodic, glitchy rave aspect to this, but I think the desired result was to be a synthesis, not the actual unsatisfying compromise. This lack of memorable melody is what deflates the album, and I can't help feeling that the album was conceived as an exercise in cleverness rather than heart. For such a supposedly outgoing, emotive, happy band, I heard the faint clang of calculation in the background. Finally, on Guys' Eyes, one of the noises sounds like a fart. There are moments that appeal, and I accept that further listenings may increase my fondness for this, but I don't know if I want to devote any more of my life to Animal Collective. I'll give it three stars for effort (like I said, ambition has positive aspects, as well as negative ones), but that is partly bcause I want to be generous.

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3

Have you ever spat cum onto the floor of a Travel Lodge? I'm going to bite your genitals off. About as arousing as a cot death.

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2

🐵🦍🐶🦄🐯🦓🐷🐃🦙🐏🐀🐿🦔🐰🐓🦘🐧🐸🐊🦚🐙🦋🐍

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1

I just felt like it was too much going on, didnt really like the mesh of instruments. Though it was an interesting listen, not my style.

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5

A masterpiece of folk psychedelica

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5

So good and groovy! Would love a relisten. 9

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5

really enjoyed the vibes from this album!!

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5

It’s a good album. Chill and indie. The first time I actually heard a song from this album was when I was at this girls place I had a crush on in college.

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5

What is there to say about this album that hasn't already been said? It's one of the most inventive pop albums of all time and it has some of my favorite synth riffs and arpeggios of all time. The lyrics and general vibe create such a beautiful everlasting summertime vibe. There isn't a time where I would decline listening to Merriweather Post Pavilion in its entirety. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

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5

Good Shit.

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5

Love this. Music like this makes me listen attentively, and really think about how the hell they made it. I associate this album with big phase of musical discovery and expansion of my taste, constant gig-going in London, saw them in Brixton just after this was released. frantic, visceral, live, immediate, expansive. Listening to this again makes me feel really happy. It's been a while. Brother Sport is genius, its like a chaotic psychedelic club tune, the tension builds in the noise and instead of the beat dropping, the cheerful melody does !

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5

Very interesting alternative album. Psycho, choir, classic synths - great

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5

good shit, it’s like Oneohtrix Point Never meets MGMT meets LCD Soundsystem 10/10 album, I definitely need to look into more of their discography

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5

Been there done that, Great Album

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5

Nonnih, tuleehan täältä sitä hyvääkin indietä. Tää on se, miten Beach Boysin ja ehkä Beatlesinkin perintöä siirretään onnistuneesti 2000-luvulle. Ihanan kesäistä pop-trippailua. Ja aina löytyy jotain uutta ja parhaat biisit vaan paranee (Bluish !!). Vaatii tosin ihan ok äänentoiston, että toimii. Kämäsillä napeilla kuulosti joskus tosi lattealta.

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5

Ai jai. Tässä on kyllä ihan maagiset saundit, jaksaa kyllä kuunnella vuodesta toiseen. Oikeestaan kaikki biisit on konsistentisti tosi hyviä, paitsi Lion in a Coma ja ehkä Brother Sporttia ei aina jaksa. 5/5 kesäalbumi. Lievästä meemistatuksesta huolimatta on tää sen verran lähempänä vitosta kun nelosta että ehkä sen voi antaa.

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5

Fun and fresh

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5

I REALLY like this. This band was WAY ahead of their time. Definitely going to listen more.

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5

Open up your open up your open up your

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5

With music from the last 20 years or so, it seems harder to pick what the really BIG important albums are - but to me this is one of them. I can see why this isn't for everyone, as it definitely is an experimental album, but they tempered it with... I wouldn't go so far as to say a poppiness, but there is a certain sweetness that makes their experimentation into a thing of thrilling beauty. They constructed such an incredibly rich, cinematic sound that it comes across like a constantly shifting sonic environment, which is particularly dazzling on headphones. Like a series of carnival rides all linked together, where you start on the gravitron, then transition into the roller coaster, and then smoothly onto the swirling teacups, one right after the other. Animal Collective sound like they come from an alternate timeline in which Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys completed and released Smile in 1967, whereupon it set the world on fire, forever changing music as we know it. I want to live in that world. Listening to this album may be the closest I will ever get to feeling like I do. Something else I remember feeling when I first heard this album was that they had truly found a new sound. A sound that felt unique and modern, while still remaining largely pleasant and palatable. Eschewing both the standard guitar/bass/drums of rock, as well as the dance oriented tendencies and cliches of most electronic music, they carved out new territory between the two somehow. I think that is quite an amazing achievement really. At the very least, they have a truly original, identifiable sound of their own. Career wise, it took them awhile to find the right balance of elements, but they figured it out here and undoubtedly produced their best work.

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5

Keep it real, give a real shout-out

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4

I liked it.

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4

Pretty good sound. I like it!

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4

Really enjoyable listen, a few tracks that were mumbled thru, but overall a great experience. Should hunt down more Animal Collective!!

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4

Very good art pop. A little out there but in a good sense.

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4

Most modern album I've had so far

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4

Ah yes, the college freshman bedroom poster album. It's actually pretty dang good, or is that just my nostalgia?

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4

Yeah, shimmery synth drones and Beach Boys-esque vocal harmonies and jangly psych biz. There are some definite 5 star tracks, but it's not quite consistent enough to get 5 stars overall. Fave track - "My Girls" - great tune!

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4

This album is very, very good. I listened to the whole thing thinking it was by Glass Animals. It's not. It's by Animal Collective. These are two different bands. Glass Animals is better. But this album is very good.

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4

Decent

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4

Have always meant to check this band out. Sounds great and will require additional listens.

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4

Interesting sounds but there weren’t many climactic or exciting moments to make the 5-6 minute songs more interesting. 7

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4

“Merriweather Post Pavilion” by Animal Collective (2009) Sometimes asking oneself “What the hell IS this?” prompts an exploration that yields unexpected (if unsurprising) insights. This album is a case in point. If you’re not familiar with this album or this musical style (as I am not), I recommend starting with track two, “My Girls”—it’s much more accessible than the opening track. Three guys, two of whom (I believe) operate twin sampling decks (probably mixed with each dominating one of the two stereo channels), and one in the middle on electronic keyboards. The lyrics are basically first person reflections of a family man who loves his wife, his children, his brother, and his now deceased father—wholesome affections seeking wise expression, and very conscious of his own personal responsibilities. The music is complex and innovative. Its central quality, however, is that is so extraordinary. If it ever becomes ordinary, it will age quickly and lose its power. Melodies studiously avoid the expected. Unremarkable voices, but arranged in harmonies that are attractive (Beach Boys comparisons are apt, especially on “Guys Eyes”—Beatles and Jane’s Addiction on “Taste”). Mechanical rhythms. Several tracks segue successively, rather than just break, giving the album a cohesion that fits well with lyrical thematic unity. But as long as you guys are sampling, you could have used some really cool African drums on “Lion in a Coma” and “Brother Sport”. This is the kind of album that will require time to fully appreciate, but likely worth it. 4/5

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4

The far-reaching effects of this album on pop in the last 10 years is wild. Very cool modern psychedelia.

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4

I’m a fan of Animal Collective. Their music is all at once elated, trippy, imaginative, childlike and oddly infused with nostalgia. This to me is what post modernist music should be. It’s the sensible trajectory for pop music to have taken. Jumbles of harmonic samples from the past, a full palette of noises gleaned from what exists. I really enjoy this album. It’s meditative and trance like. However, I find that it doesn’t reach the heights of the albums preceding it: Strawberry Jam and Feels, which both ultimately seem to have more concrete song construction, whereas this seems to flow meditatively from one song to another. This is definitely volume up, listen in a dark room, maybe while high, music. Or just sunny day music.

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4

Not my usual style of music but I enjoyed the entire album very much. Weird but just enough to make it interesting.

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4

Another I haven’t heard before but wish I had. Lots of layers of noise and feedback creating something quite unique

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4

Delightful psychedelic pop. I need to give this a proper listen, I don’t think driving to work on my car speakers does it a justice.

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4

Very interesting. No idea about genre lol

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4

wow

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4

Album čiji sam cover viđo bar 17 puta tjedno u PMC grupi prije par godina kad sam se učlanio tamo. Non stop to trljanje u nos da sam ga tada bio odlučio i poslušati. Inače sam dost veliki fan AnCo-a, pogotovo albuma kao što su Feels, Strawberry Jam i Sung Tongs. Ovaj album je isto dosta dobar, ljetna psihodelija koja vuče na pozitivnije trenutke. Odlične pjesme (bengeri) poput: Summertime Clothes, My Girls, Brother Sport te divnih pjesama poput No More Runnin', Daily Routine. Sve u svemu, album treba da klikne (bar je meni trebalo) jer sam ga pokušavao nekad davno više puta preslušati da vidim šta je tolko dobro u vezi albuma. Sada bolje kontam, i drago mi je da nije težak album kao što mi je bio. Živio AnCo <3

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4

Not their best work, but still a very sweet album with a unique, engaging sound.

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4

A really interesting sound. My Girls is obviously a great song, but there are many more throughout this album that I had never heard before.

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4

Love this album, love the harmonies. I hear a lot of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys in this.

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4

It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to this one straight through. Obviously some of their best songs are on here but I’m a little surprised at how well it’s held up.

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4

A wonderful album of combined genres that makes this indie album stand out. An Co makes a nice trippy melodic album with this one. Their popular songs are synthy and up beat. I’d say this album is underrated amongst releases of the last 20 years. 7.9/10

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4

As good as I remember it being, for sure. An album I don't come back to nearly enough.

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4

Perfect Psychedelic Pop. Vocals reminiscent of The Shins but the music is much more experimental and angular.

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4

A classic dreamy fuzzy acoustic synth indie soundscape. long enough to slightly overstay its welcome.

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4

I listened to this album a lot over the years. Even listened to it again last week. I think it came out the year I moved to Potsdam.

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4

I feel like giving this album a 5 would be too performative, but I really loved this album in college and there are some really good bangers on it. It's also pretty pretentious

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4

A softer psychedelic album with a couple of bangers. 0RS

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4

At the center of Merriweather Post Pavilion is a paradox: it is both wildly experimental (even avant guarde) and accessible and poppy. On the one hand, Animal Collective dispenses with traditional song forms almost entirely. These \"songs\" are driven by a combination of interlocking Beach Boys melodies and electronic pulses. Without song forms to anchor the cuts, they are oddly immersive. You experience them more than you listen to them. They are resistant to analysis. While it's true that there are elements of electronica, tribal beats, psychedelia, synth-pop, the sound Animal Collective comes up with here feels sui generis, as if it had always existed and Animal Collective had simply discovered it. Another thing that has to be said is that, although the music on Merriweather Post Pavilion is probably 90% samples, it has a watery, extraordinarily organic feel. It also exudes joy. And therein lies another paradox: even though Merriweather Post Pavilion is adventurous and filled with brilliantly executed ideas, I find it profoundly depressing. You see, I like traditional song forms and I don't much like electronica and dance music in general. And though it is outside the scope of this review, Merriweather Post Pavilion's post song outlook and emphasis on electronic pulses has been extremely influential in pop ever since, usually absent the skill and creativity of Animal Collective. Still, I must be honest and give Merriweather Post Pavilion a high score, in spite of my personal misgivings.

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4

4.6 + Listening to this album is like randomly bumping into an old flame. You remember how intensely you once felt even though those feelings have mellowed over time. You're left wondering why you were estranged. This album feels so wrapped up in a time and place. It's the full realization of the Animal Collective sound that should've influenced music to come but somehow didn't. What a great record, though. Beautiful songs that punch with strong emotion reinforced by walls of electronic sound that somehow sounds so human and organic.

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4

I...think I actually like this. Like, it's not amazing but it's engrossing enough in its weirdness to warrant further listening.

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4

Awesome album. Really good songs with big synths and drums. Only real problem was that most of the time the lyrics are difficult to understand because they're drowned out by the instrumental, but still great. 8/10

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4

The only thing I knew about Animal Collective was that their music was "experimental". I found myself surprisingly absorbed by the album. Nice soundscapes, good modern psychedelic music. 4/5 stars

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4

Grew on me 2nd listen. Jangly, good snowboard video music.

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4

I don't necessarily love how this album influence dso many artists and records that came later, but it's strikingly original .

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4

When Animal Collective came up as the suggestion, I knew that they are a band that has music that I like but I couldn't remember what I've heard from them. "My Girls" and "Brother Sport" are a couple of the tracks that I've heard before, and I like both of those tracks. Sometimes a portion of "Brother Sport" gets stuck in my head. Animal Collective has a mix of indie pop and electronic beats that fit well in to a style of music that I like. I was happy that all of the tracks were good. I could give this album a second listen.

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4

Didn’t have enough time to finish. Enjoyable but nondescript.

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4

Erinomaista ja erilaista näkökulmaa elektrooniseen suuntaan, unohtamatta kuitenkaan tiettyä poppismenoa. Kuuntelin ekaa kertaa joskus lukiossa ja silloin tuntui jotenkin vaikeammalta, mutta nyt ymmärsin paremmin. Helppo 4/5.

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4

AnCo are one of the most innovative and exciting bands of the 21st century, and this is a really solid record. That being said, I just don't love it as much as Sung Tongs or Feels (or even Panda Bear's solo release Person Pitch) so can't really justify giving it higher than a 3, no matter what Pitchfork may do to me Edit: After a relisten I am going to go with a 4, especially as I think it's their only album on the list. My Girls, Summertime Clothes, and Lion in a Coma all are highlights and there is just so much lovely and strange but groovy stuff

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4

Despite it's online acclaim over the years, I haven't gotten around to listening to this until now. Very fun, tripy songs here to come back to. Favourites: "My Girls", "Summertime Clothes", "Brother Sport"

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4

je me suis endormie mais c’était bien

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4

Ça c'est des kiffeurs.

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4

Some nice dreamy pop. Reminds me of beach house, there seem to be a few bands doing a similar thing

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4

Love this album. Love the Beach Boys and shoegaze influences. Favourite tracks are My Girls and Bluish. 4.5

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4

At its best, it's so good. That euphoric explosion halfway through In The Flowers, followed by My Girls, is such a strong start. The sugar rush of Brother Sport and the breezy Summertime Clothes are other highlights. But I feel with Animal Collective there are sometimes too many ideas, too much experimentation or just too many sounds that it impedes the songs. The production on some of these tracks turns into a thick noisy sludge at times - maybe I need to invest in some significantly more expensive earphones to unpack it all? 3.5, but the album cover is fascinating me in a big way so I'll round up.

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4

Mellow

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I think I liked this more after finding out a bit about it, but put me in mind of a jumble sale Tomorrow Never Knows for a whole album.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Summertime clothes, Lion in a coma, No more runnin’, Brother sport

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Animal Collective...a band that I typically feel I should like more than I do. Long time indie media darlings, MPP was the first album that I even remotely liked, but still felt it was much too over rated. Unfortunately this was also the last MPP album I have really enjoyed. 4/5

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So dreamy, I really liked it

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Trippy album cover, awesomely weird music. 4/5

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4.5/5 (Excellent). I love this album still. It's hard to make music that's this weird but you can still dance to. I'm not totally sure of the album's theme, but there are strong parenthood / young childhood vibes. It makes me nostalgic for the time I spend with my kids. I never noticed how trippy the album cover was because I bought this on iTunes on an iPod and can't see the movement on a tiny screen. Favorite tracks: * brother sport (totally forgot about this track!! so good) * my girls * in the flowers (is a strong opener) * also frightened * daily routine

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Fun album, a lot going on here

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a nice crunchy little electronic album. reminds me of van morrison in the way they repeat everything and twist it till it's unrecognizable. lots of fun bug sounds, like bug wings almost? that's what it reminds me of. it requires a lot of investment to listen to it, but i like

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Some good songs, lots of obnoxious noises.

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Pas mauvais!

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acid/alt/pop. This is MGMT on MDMA.

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A fantastic synth-filled romp – some definite duds in the tracklist bring this down a bit, but the freewheeling energy that permeates this LP is undeniably infectious. Particularly impressed how well most tracks function with minimal percussion (usually only relying on a handclap) while creating tight rhythms.

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I've never been able to get into them, but this time I enjoyed it. Might need to give some of their other stuff a listen

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Very 2009.

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weird but cool

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fun times

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“my girls” is still a thrill but the rest has not aged well. like a parody of the era’s indie sound

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It’s ok. Got some cool psychedelia sounds. Not mind blowing, but pretty decent

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Fun! A psychedelic circus.

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It was okay. Maybe its better on psychedelics...

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J’ai bien aime en faisant le menage mais pas de reecoute. 2.75*

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"My Girls" Released: March 23, 2009 "Summertime Clothes" Released: June 29, 2009 "Brother Sport" Released: November 9, 2009

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One of most innovative indie pop records from the first decade of 00s. Lots of psychedelic vibes and creative harmonies, although for my taste it clearly lacks melodies, being just an intriguing curiosity rather than a masterpiece.

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i feel like i shouldnt like this album but i do its a bit weird but in a good way. on most of the songs the texture was a bit thick so i had to listen through headphones to hear it well

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I have to be honest here. Animal Collective has never really blown my hair back. They've made some bangers for sure, but in general it's always been just background music to throw on when chilling around the house. Definitely some solid tracks on this album, but found my mind wandering pretty quickly by track 3. Maybe I need to drop acid and expand my consciousness in order to get it, who knows. But not really liking Animal Collective has always been my dirty little secret.

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Tried but I've never found a way into Animal Collective. I remember thinking a decade ago this is a band I'm supposed to like, music people are supposed to like, indie people are supposed to like - probably around the time Pitchfork gave Merriweather a 9.8 or so review. Couldn't find a way in. I still feel the same way now. It's really well made, the production and structures are fantastic, hypnotizing, looping, swirling, disorienting like staring at the album art too long. I get the Pet Sounds comparisons. I just don't feel it. Best guess is that there's not much of a groove. These are mechanical, layered rhythms in a grid. Imagine Panda Bear booty dropping to any of these tracks. The other thing that comes to mind is the NYC indie community they came out of where bands were borrowing from global music. Their peers had an interesting take on "world" music and rhythms - pop/punk (Vampire Weekend), baroque (Dirty Projectors), religious (Yeasayer). Where you at AC? B

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Not a huge fan

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Pretty good indie rock album. A couple repetitive songs but enjoyed it overall

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Ik

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Indie que não empolgou e obviamente não incomodou.

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Good, not great.

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5 for weirdness, 3 overall

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Bit too random for listening

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Reminded me of Flaming Lips crossed with the Beach Boys crossed with MGMT. Very groovy and exciting for the first few tracks but after a while the songs all sound the same, could do with a bit more variation.I enjoyed the last two tracks, No More Runnin and Brother Sport contrast really nicely. Good music for tidying your house.

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Bi garipik var cozemedim

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Merriweather Post Pavilion is a good psych-electronica album that being sample heavy, it allows a creative flow of interesting soundscapes. Best: My Girls Worst: Lion in a Coma

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pretty groovy

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Decent, at times wild electronic punkesque music

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A passive listen that really offers little.

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Bon album indie rock/psychédélqiue. Pas nécessairement charmé mais à réessayer

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Not my cup of tea, but I can see the appeal.

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Pretty chill and enjoyable.

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No me gusta nada que las voces son TODO el tiempo con ese efecto de coro que se pasa de etéreo y melódico. Tampoco me encantan los sonidos tipo 8-bit que están presentes en todas las canciones. Sí, tiene breves momentos en los que me alcanza a gustar, pero nunca lo suficiente como para buscar más de la banda o pensar en agregarlo a mi rotación. Interesantes experimentos y hasta ahí.

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Very trippy. Ethereal. Sort of reminded me of the spacey ness of some Bowie records and the youthfulness of a group love track.

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Overrated

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Schönes Gedudel, das aber nirgendwo hinführt. Kann man mal hören.

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Listened to the album 3 times. It's a good album, with sound collages, incredible harmonies and clever music. It just doesn't do anything for me, doesn't elicit any emotion. In the end I just zone out with this music.

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To me, the melody and hooks of many of the songs tend to be hidden by an excessive amount of effects. Generally, this type of music and arrangement is right up my alley, and listening to this album I more often than not found myself bored.

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Not bad, not great Would probably enjoy it more with more drugs.

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Sounds not quite like anything else. A little saccharine, surprisingly. The vocals are lightly Beach Boys-y, while the rest ventures further.

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Like pop melodies run through a blender.

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Mesmerizing. This album sounds like I'm trapped inside a kaleidoscope. I listened when I was really tired and was hypnotized the whole time. Cool listen. It feels more innovative and interesting than other indie artists have dared to attempt.

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Pop, electrónico.

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Interesting stuff, a few catchy bits here and there but not overall something I'll come back to.

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At least the album cover is fun...

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I need to give it another listen. I definitely dug it and was close to giving it four stars.

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Totally into it, at least through the first half. By the third half of the album I was ready to be done. (Accidentally rolled straight into the first half of the following album. Oops.)

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Super forgettable album. I literally could not recall any of it the next day. I guess that is a sold 3 star didn't love or hate it.

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The hardest part of being a music lover is admitting that not all music is “for” you and everyone isn’t “speaking to you” or even speaking your language. This is one of those cases. I have no idea what what’s happening here or what’s being said, but I get the craft and effort going into it. I’d love to meet a fan of this band and find out what I’m missing.

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Better than most post-rock, which I find is a bit too prog-like, clever clogs for me. This was released with much hype in 2009 (a bi of a low-point in 'alternative" music, IMHO). Lots of publications had this as their album of the year, which surprises me. Has this aged as a classic, where people sing along to the songs when heard? I think not. But this is more enjoyable than I had expected. Unlike much post-rock, which tends to be dour and tuneless (thanks for that, all you angst filled middle class white boys), this album trades in joy and Beach Boys-like tunes. Not great tunes, but pleasant enough. I think the drowned in sounds review (http://drownedinsound.com/releases/13913/reviews/4136043) captures it best when stating that this reflects their live sound at the time. This is electronic-based music designed to be played at summer festivals, and get the audience dancing along. I like the analogue feel of the recording. By that, I mean the way that the samples (which make up most of the tracks)_ have been degraded into a warm, fuzzy wash of eccentric loops and weird rhythms. I'm sure this album was blast live, and is Ok on record. better than I was expecting, and I pleasantly enjoyed listening to it 3 or 4 times through, although no songs really stuck in my mind. (I think the fact that Pitchfork listed My Girls as their #1 song of the year tells you much about 1- the standard of what was released that year, and 2- the pretensions of Pitchfork).

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Very good, like the Beach Boys if they lived in Arizona.

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I have never been able to make my mind up on this album. I still can't make my mind up on this album. You should probably listen to it yourself and make your own mind up on this album. Or don't make your mind up on this album. Whatever.

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overrated, nothing special

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An easy listen by the beach. Good vibes.

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This had a bit of Beatles about it in parts. Better with headphones that in the car for sure.

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Meh. Bit too much going on...

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Interesting psychedelic rock. Lots of vocal harmonies, very melodic

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Too normy. Give me starwberry jam!!!

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Mehhhhhhhh

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Very indie... hm.. too indie

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just ok wouldn’t listen again though

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really only listened to the first track and a half. Not sure what it is, just couldn't get into it. Maybe need the right setting?

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Not really my thing at all. Very whiney and weird

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Okay-ish.

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2/5

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4.5

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Most songs have no noticeable structure, and all adopt that irritating "dream-sound"; a repetitive, unnatural, synthesized sound that goes throughout the track. I admit, I can see the musical promise in songs like "My Girls" and "Guys Eyes", but these songs sound like they have no cohesive direction to hold them together. I usually like original and I usually like different, but those two qualities alone don't make a song good and this allbum is the perfect example of that. 2/5

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I hated it. I hated it when it came out and I hate it now.

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I just don't get it. Boring and overrated.

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No me hace mucha gracia

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cool name. idk if i like the first 15 seconds tho.... i ended up quitting bc it was weirdly stressful

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Ethereal and boring. Occasional 60s style, but mostly weird background noises.

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Liked the sounds and instruments: heard some digeridoo-style noises, liked the bass lines. The vocals or lyric design let me down. And I'm sincerely doubting the digeridoo was anything other than a synth. I dunno. I think I'm learning that 'experimental' usually isn't my genre.

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It was ok

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It’s just noise

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Repetitive and grating.

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Credit where credit is due, there are some vibey songs on this album, and this is one of the rare albums on this list that has better lyrics and vocals than instrumental. That being said, all the good songs are packed into the first half, and the rest of the songs are really just annoying noise with some words over them. Favorite track: Bluish

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First listen really did nothing for me. I think this is one that will need to grow on me. Standouts: Summertime Clothes. Nice mix of interesting sounds.

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not for me

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Sounded like 3 alt J songs played at the same time. (Ellie and Ruks)

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This is very well crafted, complicated and a little bit too much. Maybe it gets more digestible with a few more listens.

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I can appreciate psychedelic pop music, and I'm sure Animal Collective is a great act. I was excited to listen to this record because I saw it hyped as "one of the greatest albums of the '00 decade." Throughout listening to it though, I had very little to be excited about. "My Girls", "Blueish", "Brother Sport" are the defining moments of the album, but beyond that things start to blend and loose track of structure. The electronic vibrato that wavers in the background for every song never seems to dissipate - it's a constant state of drifting. For me, it just overshadows a lot of the other textures trying to cut through. I suppose this what excites the majority of this albums fans though, and this is the type of feeling they look for. It's just not an experience that catches me. I don't need catchy hooks or harmonic melodies to get me interested into the album, but when everybody compares this work to the psychedelic era of The Beach Boys, it's hard not to prepare for that. Overall, a fine work, but nothing I'll revisit. Favorite Track: Blueish Least Favorite: Daily Routine

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Put me in a terrible mood

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Thought this was overrated at the time, opinion hasn't changed listening again.

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I don't get it.

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Not on nearly enough drugs to really enjoy this. I don't really like folk all that much and this is like folk-pop-electronic and it's just not for me.

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Not for me. Not a fan of electronic music.

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Listened to the first 4 songs and didn't realised, that it was more than one ... Sounded somewhat replaceable and monotonous. Boring and kind of annoying to me. This album makes me regret giving a 2/5 to oher albums.

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2nd listen. Nothing really stands out to me as special.

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Musica densa, bien producida. Muchos sonidos y arreglos hacen música robusta, grandilocuente. El inicio es impactante pero el exceso continúa y se vuelve asfixiante. Creo que termina por saturar.

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Didn’t like

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Pfff… echt niet.

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Late Noughties Psychedelia/Pop not really my thing and my first time of listening. I always find Psychedelia to be a little bit Navel Gazing and much more about the bands and their concepts rather than the audience. (Never got how some bands play to each other rather than out to the Audience) not to my taste, even though they are obviously good musicians I found this hard to listen to... I suppose a bit like how I found it hard to listen to YES in the '70's. If I had to choose a favourite I suppose "My Girls" and "Summertime Clothes" have some credit. But let's be honest I am never gonna love this being a child in the 60's and a Teenager during the '70's Punk was my thing and anything longer than 2.5-3 mins in terms of song length was definitely old hippy stuff! I do believe though this album was written and performed for the writers and performers rather than anyone else. Not In my collection I'm Afraid.

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Nah

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EI kyl jotenkin toimi mulle, vaikka pystynkin kuvittelemaan tän johonkin Flown telttalavalle vuonna 2009! En osaa perustella mikä tässä tökkii. Ehken vaa oo valmis viel tälläselle keskinkertaselle dreampop:ille 2/5

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I can absolutely imagine this being incredible at a concert or anywhere surrounded by hundreds of people on similar drugs. Listening to this alone on my bike? Torture.

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I have a hard time wrapping my head around Animal Collective, I listen to one of their earlier albums a couple of years back and that was aggrivating to me. This isn't so bad, but I just don't get the hype. Just rather annoying sounds that don't strike something meaningful or cool with me.

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I don’t like the sound of this album that much, although it does have a distinctive one. The singers voices were also not that great. Musically, there were great ideas but I was not a big fan of it as a whole

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Meh. Rates better than the Blues Explosion at least!

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I found it a bit whiney

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Wow. This seems like a group lost in a different era. What would it sound like if the Beach Boys took some psychedelics and joined a drum circle in the Octopus' Garden? Interesting, but not very enjoyable.

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Is the difference between country and rock the metaphors employed? I mean, "my forehead is leaking"? It's a decent album. Listenable. But I'm not convinced that I want to listen to it again.

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2.4⭐

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generally not my style but I listened to the entire album. There were a few that was interesting

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Bluish good track. Was ok

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Was not a fan. It was not to my taste musically or lyrically.

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A couple of okay tracks, but all in all a pretty rough listen.

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this was wonky crap, just nothing really interesting going, meandering wuss-rock

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Yikes

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Very experimental. Which has led me to confirm it is the genre I understand the least. The weird yelling and singing vastly different tones and lines over each other,on top of the eclectic sounds is just confusing to me. I don't really get it and I'm sure this is something that I wouldn't seek out to listen to again. Not to say its all terrible i didn't mind "My Girls" but that was the extent of my enjoyment here.

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uh what?

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Awful. Made it through 3 songs before I turned it off. 1/5

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This is very arty, not really in a good way. I can see why some people might be into this kind of thing, but it's doing nothing for me.

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Not really my thing at all, just a bit boring. Not awful but just not interested at all. 1/5

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Just weird

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Too experimental for my liking. Elements that I enjoy, but not for me

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Absolute crap. The half of it that isn't awful noise is twee garbage

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Some bits are Sgt Peppers rip offs other Pet Sounds. All done really badly in a jingly indie style

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Already heard it. Will never, ever listen to this again.

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Not good. Repetitive indie weirdo garbage.

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dead

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Nope!

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Not worth the time it takes to listen to it. If you think you like this then you should really listen to something like Age of Adz to see what can be done in this genre. 1 star

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Definitely no.

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For some reason I can’t stand indie stuff from my 20s. This one was hard to sit through. Only my 2nd 1* in 125 albums.

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Little strange. Sort of background/mood music

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At least the cover art is mildly diverting.

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Experimental but in a bad way

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Utterly terrible

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Sometimes I worry this list might make me hate music. This is the worst album I've suffered through so far.

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Poor psychedelic nonsense

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I have no clue what I've just listened to.

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Gross. But mainly overly unpleasant.

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i was expecting something a lot more organised than this. bit of a mess really.

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No me gusta esta psicodelia

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Favourites: Little girl Manish boy Good songs in the álbum, but really long :( , nice álbum but I get a little bored with some songs.

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