Friday, December 19, 2008

Animal Collective's Ninth LP Will Shatter Expectations, Ripples to Extend Throughout Industry

All right, that headline was a bit much, I'll admit.

But without sounding tremendously hyperbolic, but with Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Baltimore-based group Animal Collective may have reached a potential career-defining landmark. Having been one of the lucky few who attended the first listening party in New York City this past October, I can assuredly say that MPP is pretty close to a modern album that represents the culmination of over eight years of steady, collaborative progression from an intensely dynamic group of talented artists.

So far, two tracks off the record have slipped through the cracks. "Brother Sport" is a joyous and bright dance celebration, and also happens to be one of the most accessible tracks to date. "My Girls," easily the album's centerpiece, is a vibrant, pulsating number fueled by a stunning backbeat and unbelievable harmonies.

I'll be the first to highlight my absolutely gushing fanboyish nature when it comes to Animal Collective, but you can definitely expect Merriweather Post Pavilion to turn some heads when it drops this January, regardless of how people have previously felt about the group. It's a heavier, thundering dance album that may end up being revered as the band's crossover hit.

Animal Collective - "My Girls"


Yvonne said...

hello! I just saw your comment on that post about the oM ticket giveaway. It took me a while to realize what you were talking about or that you were from this blog. btw, i replied beneath ur comment, but since people don't get notified about that, I just thought i'd comment here also. I am very sorry if you/loren's feelings were hurt by that! I didn't think that anyone who knew anything about it would be reading it, so I put more emphasis on the sarcasm in an attempt to be funny. (You know funny in that, she is so cynical and bitter kind of way). I of course did not mean to imply that I actually felt any kind of hate or spite towards loren, cuz I don't.

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