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Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective

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Genre: Rock - Psychedelic Rock / Artist: Animal Collective / Audio CD released 2009-01-12 at Domino

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      02.07.2012 15:44
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      Give them a try!

      First impressions of Animal Collective were "wow! These guys are completely bizarre!" After a few listens, this album is weirdly relaxing and contemplative all at once. I love this album for working, relaxing, drifting off to sleep or thinking.

      Individual track break down:

      1. Did You See the Words

      The opening track of the album is one of my favourites. The band are very clever with their music and combine a range of instruments and vocal techniques to build a larger picture and gently introduce us to different sensations. This can invoke a synthesis like sensation, where you can imagine that you are floating away, or perhaps I just have an overactive imagination!

      2. Grass

      This track seems to me very upbeat. The fast beats and almost impatient, fevered vocals at the start of the track build into an even faster paced chorus section. This is another of my favourites, and is very listenable. This track is good for trying to think of something.

      3. Flesh Canoe

      This song is quite dreamy, sad, nostalgic and romantic all at once. I love the lyrics to this, it is all sung very slowly and one of my favourite lines is "are there better things to do than kiss or sleep today we gotta wake up".

      4. The Purple Bottle

      It may be the fast pace of this song, but this song makes me feel incredibly productive all of a sudden! It has just occurred to me that this might be a good album to run to and I will try this out tonight!!

      5. Bees

      This uses some unique sounding instruments, this is slower and somewhat off key. It fits in with the album but I don't think I would listen to it specifically unless I was listening to the whole album.

      6. Banshee Beat

      A very chilled out track, sounds like drifting off to sleep.

      7. Daffy duck

      A 7 minute track that builds up and ebbs away, kind of like waves or like going through different phases of sleep. Muffled vocals contribute to this effect.

      8. Loch Raven

      Similar muffled vocals and an interesting combination of instruments. I particularly like the "sparkly" like sound in the background, you'll know what I mean if you listen. In conclusion I couldn't run to this CD, the latter tracks are too slow paced!

      9. Turn Into Something

      A more fast paced track to finish the album, giving the sensation of metamorphosis.


      --Summary--

      Ahh! I can't stop listening to this album at the moment, I don't know what it is, I think I'm going through an Animal Collective phase, but when I first heard them I wasn't so sure, so in conclusion it is a grower and you will either love them or hate them, but give them a go if you have an appreciation for clever, experimental music and dreamy lyrics!

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      11.08.2009 14:02
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      Irritating

      I can't work out if these guys are merely having fun using various instruments to come up with a chaotic dance rock sound that isn't really that psychdelic but is definitely different from your average track or whether they are pretentiously trying to achieve something and failing.

      Either way, they do nothing for me whatsoever, the vocals border on irritating most of the time and the music seems like chaos in a child's kindergarten, it's a little bit different but I don't see it as groundbreaking and despite the general consensus that this is in fact a good album, I don't think it will be well remembered in a few years nor will it go down in history!

      It's possible that constant playing of the album might result in it growing on me but I don't think it's worth the initial pain, there seems to be very little in the way of anything to grip you in the music, it's just like one big annoying blur of sound, admittedly I don't get it - it's too squeaky and even the supposedly cheerful "My Girls" seems more like a chore to listen to than a party track.

      There's plenty of people who seem to be enjoying this album out there but I'd check out the majority of the songs before buying because you could be in for a nasty surprise, if like me the band does nothing for you!

      1 In The Flowers
      2 My Girls
      3 Also Frightened
      4 Summertime Clothes
      5 Daily Routine
      6 Bluish
      7 Guys Eyes
      8 Taste
      9 Lion In A Coma
      10 No More Runnin
      11 Brother Sport

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 In The Flowers
    2 My Girls
    3 Also Frightened
    4 Summertime Clothes
    5 Daily Routine
    6 Bluish
    7 Guys Eyes
    8 Taste
    9 Lion In A Coma
    10 No More Runnin
    11 Brother Sport