2009 IN REVIEW: We Were Promised Jetpacks On … Animal Collective’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’

[Photo by Alexander Wagner]

Instead of going on and on about our top picks of 2009–like we did hereself-titled asked some of our favorite artists to share their favorite records. Presenting our obligatory Animal Collective post, as written by We Were Promised Jetpacks

Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)
This is a glorious piece of work–heartfelt and honest pop music with as much in common with Stockhausen as the Beach Boys. It’s hard to work out how they managed to cross the crooked bridge between pop and sonic art, but this album does it better than anything else released this year. – Michael Palmer