TOP TRACK: “My Girls”
After all the hype (album of our generation!), all the nitpicking (way too long!), and all the confused winces (what is this junk?), Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion stands alone in its daring to embrace the weirdness of both the band creating it and the world around them.
Welding syncopated techno-tribal drum blasts, free-form noise, giddy screeches and lyrical explorations of life’s triumphs, as well as its fears and banalities, few albums come close in terms of ar tistic statements. It’s the sound of a band twisting their beloved pop influences through a bizarrely distor ted lens, sounding warped and woozy on tracks like “Bluish” and burbling toward sweet psych-pop on lead single “My Girls.”
Overall, Merriweather serves as a strangely appropriate bookend to the early decade dystopia of Radiohead’s Kid A. If Animal Collective have taught us one thing, it’s this: psychedelia lives.
— Dan Creahan