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While your grandparents may still be listening to the music of their youth and disregarding anything recorded after 1950, others have stepped up to the challenge of understanding modern artists.  I draw your attention to Breakfast at Sulimays: a Youtube series in which elderly people review modern music.  While the premise sounds hilarious, the series offer some  poignet social commentary, especially in regards to race (And we all know how insightful old people can be when it comes to that subject).  In this episode, Ann, Joe, and Bill review tracks from Young Jeezy and Animal Collective.

While Ann appreciates the hot beats that Jeezy gets down on, Joe wants to examine the bigger picture.  He mentions that while African Americans have made great progress, rappers like Young Jeezy may destroy such achievements.  Perhaps he should go on The O’Reilly Factor to debate such issues.  Meanwhile, the Animal Collective song, “My Girls,” gets negative reviews all around, as the panel finds both the music and lyrics too repetitive.  I can’t help but express my dissapointment in such a review, as I spent some considerable time endorsing the album on this site.  However, I think that the deep, sonic textures used by the Collective may just be a little too hard for this panel to hear.

Santonio Holmes approves of this album cover

Santonio Holmes approves of this album cover

I first heard Animal Collective shortly after they released their 2004 album Sung Tongs.  The critical acclaim that followed this release caught my interest, but I’ll admit that I didn’t complete “get” what they were up to.  I do appreciate experimental music, but as someone who was raised on 70s rock and Prince, I’ll always be a fan of Pop music.  On Songs such as “Leaf House,” and “Who Could Win a Rabbit,” I noticed the Pop melodies and hooks that Animal Collective were capable of, but I also had a tendency to tune out some of their noticeable weirdness.  The following album, Feels, reaffirmed my belief that Animal Collective could have some crossover appeal, and their last album, Strawberry Jam, took these even further with clear song structures and an abundance of hooks.  If Strawberry Jam sold me on this band, then Merriweather Post Pavilion will convince the rest of the world. Continue Reading