Water Curses clocks in at just less than 20 minutes long, and is a refreshing splash from the happy, hippie noise makers Animal Collective. The group has pretty much flushed the Beach Boys worship out of its system, though not entirely. "Street Flash" holds on to the influence, but it's only a drop in the bucket of Animal Collective's weird and colorful palette.
The group has come a long way since its days of turning out primitive noise and drones. Surpassing Strawberry Jam, or Panda Bear's solo outing, Person Pitch, isn't easy. But "Cobwebs" and "Seal Eyeing" are powerfully stripped-down, and both hit the brain's pleasure center with bubbly and easygoing morphine resonance. Each new listen reveals layers of new sonic majesty, offering a glimpse of where the group may go from here. Water Curses is a creeper that leaves you wanting more. 4 stars
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