Animal Collective: Centipede Hz 


Centipede Hz arrives as Animal Collective's most accessible experiment in pop music - but with mixed results. The truly compelling songs - "Moonjock," "Today's Supernatural," and "Father Time" - are among Animal Collective's catchiest numbers yet. But change comes at the expense of the group's mystique. "Monkey Riches," "Pulleys," and "Amanita" are clean and concise and very mundane. The return of all four members (Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist) culminates in an album where strength is based on performance but fails in terms of pure sonic experience. Since the group's earliest forays into psychedelia, noise, and folk music circa '99, it has steadily developed a distinct sonic vernacular. And it fans an air of familiarity here that ultimately saves Centipede HZ - but just barely. (3 out of 5 stars)


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