Thursday, January 22, 2009

Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Domino Records [2009]

Fire Drills Review:
Not only is this one of Animal Collective's most accessible albums to date it is also one of their best. Merriweather Post Pavilion finds duel vocalists Dave Portner and Noah Lennox sounding completely comfortable in their roles and displays a sixth sense that each one knows what the other is thinking because their vocals completely gel, which increases the catchiness on every track. The in your face noises beep and blip in and out but you don't even notice because they lock into the dance rock beats and the layered harmonies that keep the listener totally mystified - that does not happen very ofter consistenly on any album but Merriweather Post Pavilion does it to you track after track. This is an album that not only will probably land high in the 2009 Top 50 but also in the decade Top 50!

Key Track: "Brother Sport"

Band With Similar Fire: Deerhunter

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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony