Lauded by some as one of the great albums of this century, the Baltimore based group Animal Collective have got some weight on their shoulders with their latest, Merriweather Post Pavilion.
As experimental as it may sound (which isn’t very, as it happens), this record simply isn’t very interesting, The heavy use of messy electronic bass sounds like two different Postal Service songs playing at the some time and the ‘out-there’ parts sound too contrived and lazily weird for the sake of being weird.
A heavy digital hiss also runs through the album, detracting from more intriguing songs like “Summertime Clothes”. That one is a modern take on latter day Beatles’ psychedelic moments and has one of those things often overlooked on this record, a melody, However, there are some pretty awesome tracks here, but not enough to make a classic album.
Between them, The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev have got digital age psychedelia covered and until they step up their game, Animal Collective will always be grasping at ideas and living in the big boys’ shadows.