(Sub Pop) 2010
Merriweather Post Pavilion was released on January 6, 2009. The year wasn’t even a week old and people were already calling it the best album of 2009. It seemed crazy, but sure enough, come December the bigger question was where to put it on your Best of the Decade list. January 2010 is a tad early to talk about Best of the Decade, but as we entered the New Year something seemed eerily familiar. A highly anticipated January release, Teen Dream by Beach House, was already being projected as a potential album of the year.
Jimmy Morris is a fellow music blogger that I follow on Twitter (check out his excellent site Head Underwater) and his bite-sized review on the eve of the album’s official release directly addressed a question that, while premature, was definitely on my mind. I didn’t hear the album until the next day, and I’m still not sure if I agree with his statement, but they are close enough in quality that I think it boils down to taste rather than superiority. Pink Floyd has been my favorite band since grade school, and I’ve seen Phish more times than I care to admit in a public forum, so it’s safe to say that I’m pre-disposed to loving Animal Collective.