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Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective

Merriweather Post Pavilion

More diverse sounds, odd experiments and avant-garde ideas from the The New York based loose collective led by Avey Tare and Panda Bear

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8.4

Label
Domino
UK Release date
12/01/2009
  1. 10.0 |   No Ripcord

    Time may very well lend Merriweather Post Pavilion a legend extraordinary enough to faithfully capture its myriad treasures.
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  2. 10.0 |   Uncut

    Merriweather Post Pavilion doesn't just seem like one of the first great records of 2009, it feels like one of the landmark American albums of the century so far.
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  3. 10.0 |   Rave Magazine

    This is a clarion, an exceptional example of what contemporary music should be
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  4. 10.0 |   Eye Weekly

    ...the album’s trance-like qualities are grounded by melodically assured performance
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  5. 9.6 |   Pitchfork

    What they've constructed here is a new kind of electronic pop-- one which is machine-generated and revels in technology but is also deeply human, never drawing too much attention to its digital nature. It's of the moment and feels new, but it's also striking in its immediacy and comes across as friendly and welcoming.
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  6. 9.0 |   Pop Matters

    Music not just for this specific situation but for driving... doing household chores. For pretending to work on a slow day. For when you need some music to make you smile.
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  7. 9.0 |   Clash

    There’s no band out there like Animal Collective except Animal Collective, and if that’s not reason enough to give ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ a go, I haven’t the foggiest what is.
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  8. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Is Merriweather Post Pavilion the flawless album that it's been willed to be? Taken as a whole I'd say it's pretty damn close.
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  9. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Oozing fun out of every pore, this record is the perfect tonic to the increasingly troubled times that 2009 brings with it and will most likely feature on many of those Best Of lists come December.
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  10. 9.0 |   The Observer

    Merriweather Post Pavilion is both ecstatic and informed by ecstasy.
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  11. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Influenced by dub and hip-hop, the album adopts deeper bass than before, wrapping each minute in synth washes and electronic bleeps. It exudes fullness — of ideas, of sounds, of emotions — that, like the emotions they’re dealing with, can be occasionally exhausting
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  12. 8.5 |   Rave Magazine

    Never ones to follow the trends or stick to conventions, Animal Collective’s fearless and adventurous approach to music makes them stand out as true individuals in the modern music landscape
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  13. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    ...for many, this is a record that they will need to listen to repeatedly so as to unravel the best of its esoteric delicacies
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  14. 8.0 |   State

    Animal Collective are far from their freak-folk roots but the missives from their creatively foraging path are now essential and celebrated listening
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  15. 8.0 |   NME

    There’s a beaty bent through the whole album, although this is dance music hammered together from the weirdest of materials.
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  16. 8.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    Relentlessly experimental and occasionally extraordinary, the ninth album from the US trio is a towering monument of pop harmonies and cacophonous electro grooves.
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  17. 8.0 |   Spin

    Call it searching for the perfect peak. Merriweather plays like the summation of a long, strange trip, combining the group's career touchstones: harmonic Beach Boys pop, African tribal chants, minimalism, minimal techno, psychedelia, and dub.
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  18. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A playful, beautiful delight, it will not be forgotten when the album of the year lists are compiled once again in another 12 months.
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  19. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A most beguiling, dream-like and ultimately just-out-of-reach release
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  20. 8.0 |   Click Music

    ...the record is an impressive statement and already seems to have broken the band through to a new level
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  21. 8.0 |   The Fly

    ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ is like being on Cloud Nine during the most mellifluous storm
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  22. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    We're already being told that this is a masterpiece... much of this record is wonderful. But let's keep a sense of proportion...A record well worth hearing, to say the least. A masterpiece? Oh, I wish.
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  23. 7.0 |   Blurt

    ...it's an album well worth owning. Just don't sell your copy of Pet Sounds for it
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  24. 7.0 |   Blender

    What seem at first like abstract, sparkly electronic cascades and distant twangs and thumps resolve into actual tunes. For once they sound like they’re playing around rather than
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  25. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The ninth disc from this Brooklyn/Baltimore crew tries balancing shameless beauty with ecstatic weirdness, and when they nail it, it's breathtaking.
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  26. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Pretty in a vague sort of way, but all too easy to forget you're listening to it.
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