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Animal Collective makes some noise on 'Centipede Hz'

Published: Monday, September 10, 2012

Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:09

Animal Collective

Centipede Hz

Animal Collective
Centipede Hz
Grade: B+

The best part about listening to Animal Collective is noticing their ability to completely let go and become lost in their music. This is especially apparent when they are performing live, but all of that emotion and passion usually comes straight from the recorded music.

Centipede Hzis a wonderful album that showcases just how good Animal Collective is at creating eccentric songs that leave you lightheaded.

Fans of the band will notice the similar attitude of Strawberry Jam from 2007 and Feels from 2005. These albums were more scattered in nature and less harmonious than 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The opening track on Centipede Hz, “Moonjock,” sounds like a marching band melt down. The drums are tinny and reminiscent of football games. It’s interesting how a track can be so familiar and foreign at the same time.

The first single off the album, “Today’s Supernatural,” is a mess of loud electronic beats and sounds crashing into each with incoherent rambling followed by singer Avey Tare (David Portner) shouting “let go” over and over again.

Tare is hard to understand most of the time, so when he crafts his songs it’s easy to think of him as a scientist in a lab or a space ship. Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) and Deakin (Josh Dibb) also sing on the album, making those tracks their own.  

There are plenty of little surprises like that, such as the Riverside Middle School Choir singing on “Father Time” and “New Town Burnout.”

Overall, Centipede Hz is delightful after a couple of spins. There is so much to take in that it’s easier to just let the album slowly sink in.

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