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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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2.95

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4767

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Indie
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Fri Apr 16 2021
1

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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Wed Oct 21 2020
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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Wed May 19 2021
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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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

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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Fri Nov 12 2021
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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Mon Jan 25 2021
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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Wed Sep 30 2020
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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Fri Mar 05 2021
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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Mon Jun 14 2021
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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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Nope

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Fri Jun 04 2021
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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Fri Oct 15 2021
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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Mon Mar 14 2022
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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Mon Jun 14 2021
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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Mon Nov 08 2021
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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Thu Jun 30 2022
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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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

🐵🦍🐶🦄🐯🦓🐷🐃🦙🐏🐀🐿🦔🐰🐓🦘🐧🐸🐊🦚🐙🦋🐍

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Wed Jan 05 2022
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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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

A masterpiece of folk psychedelica

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

So good and groovy! Would love a relisten. 9

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

really enjoyed the vibes from this album!!

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Wed Jun 02 2021
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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Thu Jul 22 2021
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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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Good Shit.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
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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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

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

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Wed Jan 26 2022
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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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Been there done that, Great Album

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Thu Mar 17 2022
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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Thu Mar 17 2022
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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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Fun and fresh

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

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

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Open up your open up your open up your

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Sun Jul 17 2022
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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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Keep it real, give a real shout-out

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

4.5 stars, probably the peak Animal Collective album. I think the whole album is fantastic, only thing that detracts a half star is that it's such a maximalist assault on the senses that a full, uninterrupted listenthrough can get a little much for my brain to process. Not quite as many peaks and valleys as an AnCo album like "Strawberry Jam". "My Girls" is one of the most iconic songs of the 00s, "Bluish" one of my favorite love songs, and"Brother Sport" an all-time album closer. Rounding my rating up instead of down this time to help the average against the philistines who will inevitably give this a 2 or something.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Thank you 1001albums for showing me the majesty of Animal Collective. They have somehow learned how to turn my idyllic hopes for my childrens futures into song! It’s what I imagine charging a spirit bomb feels like. How three people?(One is listed as a panda bear) managed to harness the power of hope and weaponize it into synth folk pop is flabbergastery of the highest order. I wonder if this is what saint walker felt when charging his ring? Anyway check out merriweather post pavilion if you want to feel better about literally everything in the multiverse.

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Fri Sep 18 2020
4

I liked it.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Pretty good sound. I like it!

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Fri Mar 05 2021
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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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

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

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Sat May 15 2021
4

Most modern album I've had so far

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Wed Mar 17 2021
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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Tue Jun 22 2021
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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Wed May 26 2021
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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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Decent

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

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

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Mon Jun 14 2021
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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Wed Jun 09 2021
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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Sat Apr 10 2021
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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Wed Feb 17 2021
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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Fri May 21 2021
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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Tue May 04 2021
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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Sat Apr 10 2021
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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Fri May 14 2021
4

Very interesting. No idea about genre lol

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Sat May 01 2021
4

wow

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Sat May 01 2021
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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Mon May 10 2021
4

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

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Tue May 25 2021
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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Fri May 21 2021
4

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

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Wed May 26 2021
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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Wed Jul 21 2021
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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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

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

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

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

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Thu Aug 05 2021
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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Mon Aug 09 2021
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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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

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

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Wed Sep 15 2021
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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Sun Oct 03 2021
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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Fri Oct 22 2021
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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Fri Nov 26 2021
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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Thu Jan 06 2022
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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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

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

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Wed Jan 19 2022
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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Sun Jan 23 2022
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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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

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

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Thu Mar 17 2022
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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Mon Mar 28 2022
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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Wed Mar 30 2022
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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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

je me suis endormie mais c’était bien

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Ça c'est des kiffeurs.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
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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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

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

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Thu May 19 2022
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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Tue May 24 2022
4

Mellow

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

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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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

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

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

This is an album I've always wanted to like more than I do. It's mostly down to the vocal style, but I can't deny that this is quite a masterpiece of 2000s indie-electronica. Had roommates who were into Animal Collective and I was just not cool enough to get into it. I will say it's kind of cute for the lyrics to reflect his life, he's a dad, a husband, but still wants to make bangers and still be himself. I can respect that.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

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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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

So dreamy, I really liked it

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Trippy album cover, awesomely weird music. 4/5

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

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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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Instant classic. Perfect album art.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Pretty fun. Better this listen than the last. Would listen again.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Sehr crazy

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

This album is so ethereal feeling. Almost like it’s one continuous song. I barely notice the actual words being said, but surprisingly that isn’t a negative for this record. It just adds to the feeling of being under a spell for the nearly hour long run time. A spell I would gladly be put under again and again.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

When this record first came out, everyone was glowing over it. I liked it okay, but it makes you work too hard for the quality of it. It's different. But just to be different.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Lus and unique soundscape with influences of Pavement to Pink Floyd in there.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Well this is OK. Enjoyed listening to it, but despite the fact it tries to be experimental and outlandish, remains pretty tame without all that much to push the envelope

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Really enjoyed this on the whole. Loses its way a bit towards the end, but closes with a banger

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

I think I overplayed this when it first came out as its been a good 10 year or so since I last heard it. Thankfully I still enjoyed it as much as I used to. Perfect psychedelic pop which is just weird and experimental enough to keep it interesting without ever becoming boring for me (although from memory I remember people we’re definitely split on that!)

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Fun album, a lot going on here

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Some good songs, lots of obnoxious noises.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Pas mauvais!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

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

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

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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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

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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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Very 2009.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

weird but cool

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Sat May 01 2021
3

fun times

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

“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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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

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

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Fun! A psychedelic circus.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

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

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Mon May 24 2021
3

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

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Sat Mar 27 2021
3

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

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Mon May 17 2021
3

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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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

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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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

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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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

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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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

Not a huge fan

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Fri May 21 2021
3

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

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Ik

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Indie que não empolgou e obviamente não incomodou.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Good, not great.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
3

5 for weirdness, 3 overall

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Bit too random for listening

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

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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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Bi garipik var cozemedim

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

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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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

pretty groovy

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Decent, at times wild electronic punkesque music

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

A passive listen that really offers little.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

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

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

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

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Tue Dec 21 2021
3

Pretty chill and enjoyable.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

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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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Overrated

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

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

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

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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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

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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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

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

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

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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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

Like pop melodies run through a blender.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

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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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Pop, electrónico.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

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

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

At least the album cover is fun...

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

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

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

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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Wed May 18 2022
3

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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Fri May 27 2022
3

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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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

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

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

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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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

overrated, nothing special

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

An easy listen by the beach. Good vibes.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

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

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Meh. Bit too much going on...

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Interesting psychedelic rock. Lots of vocal harmonies, very melodic

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Too normy. Give me starwberry jam!!!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Nostalgia!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Mehhhhhhhh

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Always been a band and album I felt like I should connect more with, given genre, but never been my favourite. Feels like you need to be in a certain state of mind to just abolutely vibe with it.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

The band you'd name drop to try and impress that hipster at that house party in the hope of getting in their pants. This is the album when the band stopped being quite so up their own arses and actually began including some tunes and choruses in their songs. Still fairly odd with constant electronic burbling and reverb drenched vocals, but not annoyingly so. Best Tracks: My Girls; Summertime Clothes; Taste

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

My Girls was a smash hit that got them noticed by the mainstream, but nothing else comes close to it. It's all very hyperactive, Brian Wilson on speed rather than acid. Definitely worth another listen, I think a lot more of the songs need time seeing as there are so many melodies and sounds to break down.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

3.75

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

This was a hard one to digest for me. Creativity and uniqueness is a major attribute of bands I love, and these guys definitely have that. What I'm kind of meh about is the music outside of those creative elements. It feels canned, whiny, tame. I know nothing about the bands background but it seems to me this is what you get when you have semi-talented musicians, whose rich parents bought them all the toys to facilitate the musical creativity.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

I wouldn't listen to this all the time, but it was decent background music and it seems like they had something to say here. Definitely not a 4 or 5 because I didn't immediately want to listen to more of their stuff, but also not a 2 for me because I enjoyed getting through it. I wouldn't consider you to be a philistine if you felt otherwise.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I guess I can see why people like this, but it didn't do anything much for me. Meh.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Yea it's fine, not bad at all

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Some great moments but not sustained over a whole album.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

This album is described as a challenging listen - I get that. I need to listen to this a couple more times to see exactly how positively I feel towards it. I'm between a 3 - 4 right now, but I'm going to go conservative on this review.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

better than i remember

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

Starts off brilliantly but tails off

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Really enjoyed the jammy vocal layering. Prefer this to the way Chet faker does it.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

I kept turning the volume down. It doesn't immediately sound bad but it builds up. Summertime Clothes is a bit gentler, maybe even a bit infectious. I like the vocals on most tracks. Sometimes. But the constant echoing does annoy me. Interesting, but I'm not going to try it again.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

One of these albums that I need to listen to a few times. I did have the time today so ended up liking it.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Primavera Sound 2008, Animal Collective take to the stage late (about 00:30) on a balmy 20 degree Barcelona night. I'm up at the front, the reverb is hitting me physically, passing through my chest in waves. The light show starts up and about 50 people around me come up on their Es simultaneously. Never in my life have I wanted to be on drugs more.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Já... jújú, þetta er ekki leiðinlegt, oft áhugavert, en eftir tvær hlustanir held ég að ég láti þetta gott heita.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Wasn't sure about it to begin with but it grew on me towards the end, sounded like Battles with more synths and less drums.

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Thu Oct 22 2020
2

Very indie... hm.. too indie

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Thu Oct 01 2020
2

just ok wouldn’t listen again though

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Thu Oct 01 2020
2

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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Tue Jun 15 2021
2

Not really my thing at all. Very whiney and weird

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Okay-ish.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

2/5

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

4.5

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Tue Mar 30 2021
2

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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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

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

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

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

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

No me hace mucha gracia

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

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

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Tue May 11 2021
2

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

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Fri May 21 2021
2

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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Sat Jun 12 2021
2

It was ok

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Thu May 20 2021
2

It’s just noise

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