Friday, January 9, 2009

Counterpoint! Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Hey kids. A non-video post on ClayTV? Whatsa!? I told Clay that I'd like to contribute to the site - but he does such a good job scouring the web for the best vids that I wanted to try something a little different. Diversify ClayTV's portfolio, if you will.

Clay posted a pretty rave review of the new Animal Collective album,Merriweather Post Pavillion, the other day. I posted a comment suggesting I agreed with his enthusiasm. After a few more listens though, I'm taking a step back from my earlier praise. There are two absolute barn burners on MPP ("My Girls" and "Brothersport") that book end a bunch of other pretty good songs. The middle of the album really just kind of melds together for me. I guess that's good and bad - it's cohesive but, dare I say, a wee bit boring. The strength of "My Girls" and "Brothersport" alone make this a great album (much like Sigur Ros' album from last year), but not a 9.6. For me, it's their weakest album since Here Comes the Indian. That being said, I still love me some AC and I can't wait to see them in a couple of weeks. I just hope they stick (mainly) to the last three albums. I reserve all rights to disown this post at a later date.

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