Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal CollectiveCD11
  • DE2009-01-09
Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal CollectiveDigital Media11
  • XW2009-01-10
Domino (USA - DNO cat #s)
Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal CollectiveDigital Media11
  • GB2009-01-11
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIG216D
Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal CollectiveDigital Media12
  • GB2009-01-11
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)
Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal Collective2×Vinyl6 + 5
  • GB2009-01-12
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIGLP2165034202021612
Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal CollectiveCD11
  • GB2009-01-12
Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)WIGCD2165034202021629
Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal CollectiveCD11
  • US2009-01-20
Domino (USA - DNO cat #s)DNO 219801390021923
Merriweather Post PavilionAnimal Collective2×CD11 + 8
  • GB2009-01-12
Rough Trade (post-2000), Domino (UK - WIG or RUG cat #s a/k/a Domino Recording Co.)acrtmix1cd, WIGCD2165034202021629


associated singles/EPs:Brother Sport
My Girls
Summertime Clothes
included in:Merriweather Post Pavilion / Strawberry Jam
part of:Filter Magazine: Top Ten Albums of 2009 (number: 1) (order: 1)
Liza Richardson’s Top 10 Albums of 2009 (number: 1) (order: 1)
Scott Cudmore: Top Ten Albums of 2009 (number: 1) (order: 1)
Paste: Best Music of 2009 (So Far): Josh Jackson (number: 2) (order: 2)
Anne Litt’s Top 10 Albums of 2009 (number: 5) (order: 5)
Raul Campos’ Top 10 Albums of 2009 (number: 5) (order: 5)
Mario Cotto’s Top 10 Albums of 2009 (number: 10) (order: 10)
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Animal Collective's ninth album (no slackerdom for these Baltimore post-hippies!) has been so hotly anticipated that there's a danger of assessing their unclassifiable noise as nothing short of the second coming. Luckily the combination of Beach Boys harmonies, post-minimal dynamics and psychedelic free fall which has won them such a cult reputation breaks free here and takes full flight. Merriweather Post Pavilion is, you suspect, an album that you will return to for years to come.

It's an ecstatic sound that springs from going beyond conventional methodology. In the same way that, say, Brian Eno's Here Come The Warm Jets sounded like a rock album recorded by someone who had never heard rock (or even had an idea how what instruments to use) - Animal Collective deal in a love of sound for sound's sake. Beyond a basic grasp of the nuts and bolts of modern music they see no reason not to indulge in the kind of smorgasbord that still manages the neat trick of avoiding contrivance. Summertime Clothes begins with fuzz guitar loops and children's cries before descending into electro arpeggios. Elsewhere synth's chatter like Philip Glass on mushrooms, school bells ring, tribal drums mutter and over it all the joyous voice of Avey Tare (David Portner) - a sort of post-modern Jon Anderson, if you will - declaims obliquely. For instance, Taste seems to be a Buddhist meditation on the illusory nature of ego ("Am I really all the things that are outside of me?"): but don't quote me on that.

While the album's title references the Collective's formative years listening to the Grateful Dead in the Frank Gehry-designed auditorium in Maryland, the sound is less jam band than cut and paste collage. There's a distinctly more careful approach to the vocals here than on previous albums. Harmonies are sweeter, the repetition and processing are more subtle.

In terms of the band's development it's a giant step forward. In the same way that The Flaming Lips psychedelia was transmuted on Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Merriweather Post Pavilion should easily see this square-pegness finally slipping into the round hole of wider appeal. In other words: a very palpable hit.