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ANIMAL COLLECTIVE MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION, 2009, Domino Recording Co., Ltd.

I’ve been dreading this review for days. How else to feel about an album you can’t stop listening to, can’t stop reflecting on, can’t stop talking about for four weeks and as many states (we just got back from some road trips)? So I’ll get right to the point: Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion is a masterpiece... perhaps the first indispensable classic of this millennium.

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ADELAIDA SCHOOL HOUSE RECESS RED, 2005

When I heard Animal Collective for the first time I didn't like them. I can sometimes be a bit of a musical fuddy-duddy, ordering Derek to "turn that down!" more than I'd like to admit. I like my music soothing and mellow for the most part and listened to at a middle-aged volume. So when he played me an earlier album of theirs (Strawberry Jam), I promptly asked him to turn it down...

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