Animal Collective: Nothing But Hooks

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'My Girls' by Animal Collective

Tuesday's Pick

  • Song: "My Girls"
  • Artist: Animal Collective
  • CD: Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • Genre: Rock

Sometime in December, weeks before its actual release, everyone seemed to decide that Animal Collective's new disc, Merriweather Post Pavilion, was the best album of 2009. It was probably inevitable: The band's past releases were happy and complicated and frequently amazing, but they were also hard to digest, with overstuffed mixes of psych-folk, electro, surf-pop, African rhythms, '70s art rock and more. Yet Merriweather Post Pavilion inflates Animal Collective's likable qualities and dispenses with the sort of preciousness that's tough to avoid when a band features someone named Panda Bear.

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Animal Collective's "My Girls" is a surpassingly warm, infectiously joyous ode to settling down. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The result is a hoot, and the delirious, comparatively contained "My Girls" functions as the album's most accessible track, possessing everything good about Merriweather Post Pavilion writ small: It's relatively brief (under six minutes), it's got a killer hook (there are about 10 lines in the entire song, repeated over and over, so it's nothing but hook) and, for a band that can tend toward the theoretical, it's a surpassingly warm, infectiously joyous ode to settling down that almost single-handedly justifies the hype.

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