Animal Collective has molden their careers around making music that feels new, but there's something a little different here. After 2007's contributions by the Animals (Strawberry Jam, and Panda Bear's well recieved solo album Person Pitch), and despite Deakin leaving the group for personal matters, the band had reach a whole new height, and how do they answer to this... by making the Merriweather Post Pavilion. And let me tell you that this is an album to savour, after you get blasted with euphoria mid-way through the first track "In the Flowers", you know your not in Kansas anymore. This album is Panda Bear's baby, with Avey taking a step back and letting Panda pull the strings and draw ideas (many of which Person Pitch influenced), and we see Panda doing most of the albums vocals Aswell. And all this rightly so, because the songs: My Girls, Bluish, and No More Runnin (which are absolutely breathtaking songs) wouldn't be the same without Panda Bear's sweet and genuine charm. Summertime cloths and Brothersport are also incredibly fun and playfully addictive songs. This is not only my pick for 2009's best album, but it's one of the best albums I've ever listened too!!