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They have done it. A band has managed to create as much buzz as The Beatles. But they have done it while holding the same amount of musical ability as Paul held in his left testicle. (on an off day mind you)
Merriweather Post Pavilion was the first actually listenable Animal Collective album I have been able to sit through. I started with Sung Tongs and have given every one of their albums since a chance. Why did I give every one a listen? Because everyone else said they were brilliant. (Pitchfork, I blame you first)
I don’t want to bash them as a group because I bow my hat to their odd marketing strategies. (odd because it seems they have none besides the same fashion I put forth. Blogs.)
After I finally decided to give up on the group, they came out with Merriweather Post Pavilion. That was the first time I said wow, NOW I get it. But even an electronic band needs to carry their weight live. DJ Shadow can do it. Daft Punk can. But I finally stuck my fork in when I saw this performance of My Girls from Coachella. It was the first song on the album to REALLY pull me in so I of course couldn’t wait to see them do it live.
And I know, judging a band by a performance on youtube is not really fair. But there’s a BIG difference with this one. (somehow Fleet Foxes managed to blow my mind with their SNL performances. And the only place I saw those was on youtube, briefly until they were yanked)
I have yet to buy a ticket to see them live. So this is very unfair of me. So to Animal Collective and all of their fans and disciples, I apologize. But watch and tell me this is brilliance. Please do.