So Morrissey's new album Years of Refusal has leaked. I'm not really all that impressed, but I did really like a couple of songs:
Now, will Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion be the album to beat in 2009?
Pitchfork seems to think so. The big bad P gave Animal Collective's newest a rare 9.6. That is as perfect as it gets in P4K's eyes. PMA concurs. Our review is coming soon!
In the meantime, read Pitchfork's surprisingly good review. This is the first time in a while that I can actually sit and read through a Pitchfork album review. Will and I both agree this small excerpt summarizes the review pretty well:
What theyâ€™ve constructed here is a new kind of electronic popâ€“ one which is machine-generated and revels in technology but is also deeply human, never drawing too much attention to its digital nature. Itâ€™s of the moment and feels new, but itâ€™s also striking in its immediacy and comes across as friendly and welcoming. Animal Collective have spent the decade following their own path, figuring out what their music is capable of while also working to bring more listeners into their world. On Merriweather Post Pavilion, their commitment has paid off tremendously.
I have a feeling this "new kind of electronic pop" will be Pitchfork's next victim/hype point. In 2007 it was female vocalists (Feist, Regina Spektor) last year it was lo-fi (Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Beach House). What new "electronic pop" acts will surely shape 2009's Best-Of lists? Here is Pitchfork's Early 2009 album release guide. Take your pick!