Merriweather Post Pavillion

edited August 2010 in Animal Tracks
I'm making another album topic because I was listening to this album for the first time in months and really really listening. I was wondering what you guys think of it, as an album, as a whole? I find it to be incredibly relaxing. Sure there is this energy in the bass ect, but there is such an emptiness there amongst it all that it really unwinds me. Its like laying on a nice lawn looking at the sky and not thinking of anything. I think that emptiness, that lack of complete fullness in the sound is a result of the missing drums and guitar elements and could be considered a bad thing by some. I guess once getting to the end, I do feel like the album is missing [i]something[/i] which is why it isn't one of my favorite albums of all time.

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  • I do remember one experience listening to it, when AC was playing a show in my town that night, I turned it on my speakers and did some art and had a red light filtering throughout the room and it made me really happy. I'll give it another listen and come back to this thread with my feelings about the album, but I really like your view on it! We did image analysis speeches at school today so I think you've done a good job at summing up your feelings on the content of MPP. (:
  • I love your experience. Its nice to have a satisfying one when you know you are missing a concert. I'm glad you enjoyed my little review! There are some songs that seem to be more full to me like...Guys Eyes. It lacks that general emptiness, I think.
  • I heard a live version on the radio of My Girls when they played in sydney and I can hear what you mean by emptiness in that one.
  • This was my first AnCo album. I still love it, obviously but I think when someone moves deeper into the discography of them they get really attached to either Sung Tongs, Spirit or Indian. I still think there are some extremely well-written songs on Merriweather, mostly In the Flowers and Daily Routine/Bluish. To me, the best AnCo is when it's relatable and you can decipher the meaning after a little thought. And these lyri cs, while less psychedelic then say StrawJam, I still think they're some of the best AnCo lyrics ever.
  • This album is what first got me into AC. I love it, and I could probably go on for years talking about how wonderful it is. It's like this album is every feeling I've felt and sums up a lot of feelings that I will feel in the future. Really hits me on a spiritual level.
  • [quote="Tabelz"]To me, the best AnCo is when it's relatable and you can decipher the meaning after a little thought. And these lyri cs, while less psychedelic then say StrawJam, I still think they're some of the best AnCo lyrics ever.[/quote] I agree with you that it is nice to have easily relatable lyrics and I really do appreciate that about MPP. But my favorite albums (mine being Spirit) and really everything before MPP I really appreciate lyrics that you really come to understand over time. There are real gems in there that tell me things that I never thought of before and such wonderful imagery that i've only really come to understand through playing the songs and singing them myself. There is something really special about someone writing something that you would never think of yourself. Things that unfold over time. And those kind of lyrics will always beat the straightforward for me, especially when it comes to AnCo. "now its eight and i've been trying to get that taste of my tongue i've been dreaming of just you and now my cereal, it is warm attractive day in the rubble of the night from before" I mean, I could quote every word of Fireworks and feel something so deep that My Girls or Bluish could never reach. Obviously all my opinion and in no way is it said to bring yours down!
  • [quote="KidGrizzly"]This album is what first got me into AC. I love it, and I could probably go on for years talking about how wonderful it is. It's like this album is every feeling I've felt and sums up a lot of feelings that I will feel in the future. Really hits me on a spiritual level.[/quote] This.
  • [quote="we tigers"]There are real gems in there that tell me things that I never thought of before and such wonderful imagery that i've only really come to understand through playing the songs and singing them myself. There is something really special about someone writing something that you would never think of yourself. Things that unfold over time. And those kind of lyrics will always beat the straightforward for me, especially when it comes to AnCo. "now its eight and i've been trying to get that taste of my tongue i've been dreaming of just you and now my cereal, it is warm attractive day in the rubble of the night from before" I mean, I could quote every word of Fireworks and feel something so deep that My Girls or Bluish could never reach. Obviously all my opinion and in no way is it said to bring yours down![/quote] I agree with you here. Fireworks was the first song i heard and probably my favorite, I developed a really personal connection with the lyrics instantly. In their earlier albums like Spirit and Sung Tongs, just singing along with them and understanding their meaning and feeling through playing along with them, AC is really amazing with the way they connect with people through music. I think it's pretty clear that people can find meaning in a variety of the music they create and that's something i completely respect
  • [quote="derekcollectbone"] I think it's pretty clear that people can find meaning in a variety of the music they create and that's something i completely respect[/quote] Perfectly said there, Derek. I'm glad that you understand where i'm coming from with all of that. One of my favorite things about bands like AnCo that have such variety musically and lyrically is how they can effect everyone in different ways. That we all can connect to a different part of the same band and still have them unite us because we all flock to the name 'Animal Collective'. Wait, i'm not sure if that made sense. But you guys should getwhat i'm trying to say, at least.
  • i don't know, i'm sort of burnt out on my girls as a song, but the idea of it -- a dude singing a paean to simplicity and domesticity and family is really touching and rare. it's not often you hear a song that's about parenthood that isn't about some sort of problem or blame or something -- i'm thinking some loudon wainwright III stuff or harry chapin or something -- and is just about wanting to fulfill the sense of duty and completeness that comes with family, the sehnsucht.
  • I understand tigers! Something about MPP is diverse to me... It's the only album I know of where I can honestly say every single song makes me feel different. I have individual memories, thoughts and emotions attached to each song, and the way they flow together tells a story. A story that is more or less my 2009 year. It's cool to have an album that you can listen to and reflect on, but this one is extra special for me. I agree with it feeling both relaxing and upbeat, something about it can make me feel at ease. The only thing I dislike about MPP is the sad memories that I have attached to it. It makes it hard for me to listen to the album sometimes, because I find myself missing a lot from last year.
  • I like what yukbon said about it. How unique it is to find a song that so genuinely sings about fatherhood and such topics. Parts of it describe the past two + years of my life so well. Describes things that I have come to discover in that time. I also agree with TT that it is incredibly diverse. Each song does hold a different meaning for me, which is really exciting. And each song makes me feel and think differently. Its too bad, TT, that it's got some sad memories stuck to it. I have quite a few albums that are like that for me too. Its bittersweet, I think.
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  • [quote="wolftigerrosebud"] For me, the important thing in music is love.[/quote] Go Team Love!!!
  • [url]http://www.pajiba.com/music/animal-collective-review.php[/url] [quote]What the fuck is the time signature in “Also Frightened”?[/quote] LOL, this was the first really unfavorable review I read for Merriweather, and I was like "hmm, finally someone disagrees, I'm interested." and then I read that quote and I realized that person knows nothing about music. Any music reviewer should know something as simple as a 3/4 time signature.
  • wow, that writer had no idea about music, or writing a review. i don't like merriweather that much but that dude had no idea what he was talking about. "Hip thrusting and having a good time? Not so much on this release from the boys in Animal Collective." hahahahaha, this album is probably the most danceable and most accessible, and it's filled with melodies that make me happy. today at work i was dancing around singing this album for seven hours, i had a great time. i've been listening to this album a lot lately, and it's been growing on me, especially Taste, the lyrics are amazing from start to finish but it's the shortest song on the album, i would've loved two more minutes. I think if i was to show someone an entire AnCo album, i might show them this one, i can see how someone could like every single song.
  • Well, I've been playing drums for something like 4 years and I can't count time signatures worth my life. But that review is just flat out bad.
  • I don't think i'm even going to read it after what you guys have said. Maybe I will just for a laugh. I just wanted to say to Derek, I fucking love Taste. You are right, the lyrics are phenominal and it might just be my favorite off the album (alright, besides Brothersport).
  • <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.spin.com/articles/20-best-songs-2009?page=0,3">http://www.spin.com/articles/20-best-so ... page=0%2C3</a><!-- m --> Hey guys. My Girls got Spin's #4 song of the year for 2009. Walkabout got ten or eleven or something like that. I thought that was kinda neat.
  • Hey and 11th Dimension got 13th! niiice
  • that is a pretty decent list, if I do say so myself.
  • I agree, and was also happy with that placing of 11th Dimension, deadfly!
  • And I think in NME best music of 2009 it was number five and in Pitchfork it was number one. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile-1.gif" alt=":)" title=":)" /><!-- s:) -->
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  • this is my favorite album of all time because it sounds like nothing else. the sound they found on this album is truly other-worldly. the perfect groove. i know they like to change their sound for each album, but i dont think they'll top this. they may have already peaked in their career.
  • I respect your point of view but I must differ: there's so much more in their future! or maybe not. I just think they'll continue to soar to greater heights. Have you listened to their other albums? Which ones do you like?
  • Merriweather is among their worst IMO. It lacks a lot of the feeling and technicality that the other albums have.
  • now, deciding whether it is the worst or best is all a matter of opinion, which you all acknowledge. My thoughts on it are this: Merriweather, when looked at as a whole, entire album is incredibly solid, cohesive, and really makes sense. It starts and ends on such great notes, there's energy, the lyrics are sincere and easily relatable, the music is something new, refreshing and infectious. Its a great album. Now my favorite is Spirit which i've said a million times because every track is impecible, it makes me feel intense emotions, the lyrics are shadowy and brilliant and the instruments just sound incredibly raw. I think each Animal Collective album is great, each sound they touch on is interesting and exciting and that is why I feel really confident that they are going to keep going on and creating good music. I'd imagine that eventually, they will make an album better than Merriweather in consistency and all of those other qualities and with the raw emotion that exists in Spirit mainly because of what I have seen in ODDSAC. Using entirely electronic (or mostly electronic) instruments often strips music of its soul, which I think is the problem with Merriweather.
  • [quote="winilula"]I respect your point of view but I must differ: there's so much more in their future! or maybe not. I just think they'll continue to soar to greater heights. Have you listened to their other albums? Which ones do you like?[/quote] I don't really like their old stuff. Maybe I should try to get into Spirit more but I only like Bat You'll Fly off of that album. Prospect Hummer is nice, but Sung Tongs, Feels, Strawberry Jam, Merriweather, they're all great. I usually get into each album in phases. Like first it was Merriweather, then Sung Tongs, then Strawberry Jam, now Feels. I'm sure Spirit will be next. What songs should I listen to off that album?
  • Chocolate Girl is a really great song off that album, so is someday i'll grow to be as tall as the giant. i didn't really like spirit or indian when i first started listening to AnCo but now i love spirit, probably one of the best albums by anyone
  • yeah spirit is on my list of top ten albums of all time. I can't recommend a song because I literally love them all a ton. It was the...second? animal collective album I had heard after listening to water curses (I think) and at least the first album that really made me fall head over heels in love with them.
  • now yr in too deep and can't get no sleep!
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