critics starting to rave and ramble... 9.6 from pfork,
AC also mentioend in National geographic explorer and GQ lolz.
and the wire review is decent.
"Okay, here's the Wire review:
Merriweather Post Pavilion
It feels like a long time ago that I saw Animal Collective on an early UK tour - just Avey Tare and Panda Bear, pounding single snare drums and chanting secretive songs into their microphones, songs that lapped and overlapped each other in segues that stretched out into a kind of meticulously ordered disorder. The sound of Here Comes The Indian or Campfire Songs - strummed guitars, murky vocals, dimly formed songs - seems even longer ago. Animal Collective in 2008 sound like four people jamming on samplers and sequencers. Radiohead tried out the same set-up at one point, inspired by Public Enemy and The Bomb Squad, and ended up making Kid A. There are no dystopian polemics on Merriweather Post Pavilion, but the opposite, a total vocabulary for musical blissout - delirious vocal harmonising, elemental rhythms, detourned electronic signals firing out in vectors that swarm back to the song like boomerangs. Rather than via PE, Animal Collective seem to have arrived at this sound via Steve Reich, Detroit Techno, Brian Wilson and Kompakt.
Animal Collective do recall hiphop in one sense. Early DJs took the points where rhythm broke the surface of the song in funk, disco and R&B - literally the 'breaks' - then looped those bars endlessly to extend the peaks. Animal Collective do something similar to melodic hooks. From their earliest gigs to now (see "Brother Sport"), they've played with the way songs can be flattened towards hypnotic horizons, but on Merriweather Post Pavilion they manage not to flatten but to sustain a series of highs. "My Girls" is perhaps the most ecstatic possible hymning of the anxieties of finding somewhere to live. Like "Summertime Clothes", it's a wall of sound which is almost Spector-esque, with the wall a kaleidoscopic jumble of electronic graffiti. 2007's Strawberry Jam was just a sketch for this album, already one of the best records of 2009."[/i]