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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:52 PM
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OK, should I give the new Animal Collective album a try?
Noise-rock is not my thing, and I'm not sure I'd like it from the samples - but I've heard nothing bad about it and many call it a masterpiece. This certainly wouldn't be the first time I've disagreed with the critics on an album. But it is a complex album, and I thought I'd ask opinions of those who have heard the whole album (which is called Merriweather Post Pavilion.) Should I take a chance and purchase it?
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:54 PM
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1. Heard it reviewed on NPR this afternoon - I liked it.
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 10:54 PM by Richardo
...and I've never heard them before. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:55 PM
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2. You've probably read about my taste on the boards here..
do you think I'd like it, too?
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:01 PM
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3. I confess I have not -
...and I didn't even know 'noise rock' was a thing. :dunce:

It was very pop-oriented to my ear (with some complexity) and, as the reviewer said, the harmonies are like the post Pet Sounds Beach Boys, if Brian Wilson had gone more psychedelic.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:04 PM
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4. That does sound good
The samples had a lot of electronic blurps and kind of spacey singing - but samples can't really tell me a lot.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:00 PM
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5. It just might be an album that grows on me, unlike their others
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 12:01 PM by mvd
I'll see one more time if there are more opinions.
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:34 PM
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6. As with most Animal Collective, it's a pretty trippy sound.
I put 2005's Feels on my best-of list for that year. As I recall, I wrote something like "it would be a great disc to do acid to." Animal Collective's work general falls in that category, and Merriweather is no exception. I'd hesitate to call it true noise-rock, as it doesn't have noise's atonality -- Animal Collective boasts good melodies and some finely crafted tunes. Often, the songs seem like noise, but a poppy melody suddenly comes rising from the discordance.

Buy the album if you dig Pink Floyd and Sigur Ros.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:40 PM
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7. I do like those two artists
Thanks for your reply. :hi:
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:50 PM
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8. I'm like you, the samples don't seem like my thing, but it's getting good reviews
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 02:24 PM
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9. I've been meaning to check that out myself. Thanks for the reminder.
But then, I loves me some noise.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 02:41 PM
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10. allmusic gives it 4 1/2 stars
And you can sample all the songs on the disc. I thought it was okay. It didn't blow mw away or anything. Have you heard
"The Acorn"? They're an excellent Canadian indie group with nice vocals.
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Shakespeare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 02:43 PM
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11. I was very intrigued with their music on the NPR piece last night.
I may have to check that out, too.
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