Jim Carroll

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Tune of the Week – “My Girls”

Just listen again and again and again and again and again…. Putting on my devil’s advocate cloak here for a moment (I do have one and like all Irish Times hacks, it’s cerise with neon gold stars and light blue …

Thu, Jan 8, 2009, 10:25

   

Just listen again and again and again and again and again….

Putting on my devil’s advocate cloak here for a moment (I do have one and like all Irish Times hacks, it’s cerise with neon gold stars and light blue trim), I wonder will “Merriweather Post Pavilion” get many bad reviews. A week or so away from release and the wowing about these 11 songs is something else. While Animal Collective have attracted purple prose before, it was never on this scale. Some of the reaction would have you believe that this album will change your life, shorten the recession, bring an end to the scrap in Gaza and stop the Cork hurlers from fuming. If only….

But “Merriweather Post Pavilion” is a landmark release on so many levels. It’s where Animal Collective reach for the stars and actually break on through to the other side. They have been around this juncture before, but never quite made the jump. Here, though, the restless, euphoric grooves coming from every conceivable angle and position make for an album which is ambitious, challenging and ecstatic.

There are 11 highlights on the album, but “My Girls” is the one I keep coming back to. A love song with epic choral reach, psychedelic swooning and extra-terrestrial bliss, it sees Panda Bear cooing about his wife and daughter and how “four walls and adobe slats” is all he requires for his girls. Hallmark couldn’t come up with a sweeter line no matter how hard they tried.

The tune is streaming here. Turn your speakers up loud and listen.

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