Friday, February 6, 2009

Review: Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Artist: Animal Collective
Album: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Rating: 4 out of 5
In a nutshell: As captivating as the album cover

People's attitude towards this album might be best explained by using the album cover itself. It's an either/or situation. You either find the image soothing and captivating, or you find it completely nauseating.

I would imagine this is the sort of music Sigur Ros would play if they were stuck with a laptop, a sampler and a keyboard in the midst of a Saturday night rave party. But then that's a very, very stretched comparison. You could throw genres at the Baltimore musicians, and none of them would even be close to sufficient at describing them. Pop? Not quite. Indie rock? Almost. Electronica? Maybe. Psychedelic electropop rock? If you must.

The music is surreal. It's intelligent music without you needing to think about it. There's no point in trying to pinpoint what they sound like. Best just to enjoy it. It's incredibly simple yet brilliantly complex at the same time. It's layered, it's bizarre. And it's brilliant.

Here's one of my favourite songs from the album.

Animal Collective - My Girls

Signing out

Over and out

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