‘My Girls’ is as straightforward and coherent a song that Animal Collective has ever released, and is the obvious stand-out to the first side of the record. And while that slight conventionality might vex fans of the bands more experimental earlier work like ‘Sung Tongs’, it’s really hard to deny the appeal of this track, with Panda Bear singing heartfelt lyrics about not caring about superficial things, but still wanting to provide a proper home for his girls. And the band continues the strong start of the record with the bold, innovative ‘Also Frightened’, which is five minutes of pure bliss, despite the unsettling lyrical undertones. Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist are still taking chances musically, albeit slightly smaller ones than earlier in their career, and expanding the sonic parameters that seem to apply to them, and them only.
The second half of the record is a bit more onerous and dense than the slightly more conventional (for Animal Collective, at least) first half. The lyrics become slightly less important and seem to form more of a collage with the music rather than being the focus. It also finds the band toying with the boundaries of sound and structure as much as ever before. The result is a captivating sonic experiment that rewards more upon repeat listens, with pliable songs that provide plenty of depth and spectacle.
‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ is sure to land on many year end Top Ten lists, despite being released so early in 2009. And the band truly deserves any and all of accolades sure to be bestowed upon them and their album, for this record delivers on so many different levels, and lives up to, and some would say even exceeds, the lofty and often preposterous expectations of the blogosphere.
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