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Centipede Hz, the 10th Animal Collective album, follows the widely celebrated Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009) and it's the first since Strawberry Jam (2007) to feature all four original band members: Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin. As the album's opening drum crashes and radio interference immediately make clear, Animal Collective have made their most widescreen and fully realized music to date. The album is a panoramic set of songs that shimmer with the confidence and wonder of Animal Collective's unique inner logic and the luminous warmth of their sound world.
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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B008GX2YQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Frisbee on September 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you like Merriweather Post Pavilion but are finding this one a bit 'difficult' here's some rules to make this album work as a listening experience for you.

1. This is an album in all senses of the word, to really get the right kick out of it listen to it from start to finish.

2. Listen to it loud with a good set of headphones. It's the only way to really experience the amazing sound pallette.

3. If you don't get it on first listen, listen to it lots of times before dismissing it.

When I first listened to the album I was a bit disappointed, then on 2nd listen I became a bit intrigued by it, now after 5 listens through, the latter with headphones, I'm convinced it's a masterpiece.

Don't expect another Merriweather Post Pavilion. This is a different record. If MPP was Animal Collective's Sgt. Peppers, this is their White Album. It's like The Beatles moved to 21st Century America, got into modern electronic music and melded Revolution No.9 as a background to the rest of the tracks on the White Album!

I really think Animal Collective are pushing music now in ways equivalent to the Beatles in their heyday. They're our modern day Fab Four.

If you like Panda Bear more than Avery Tare (as I did) you'll probably be disappointed that Avery gets way more vocal time. But I've really got into the versatility, wildness and passion of Avery's singing on this and Panda Bear's contributions are excellent, particularly the drumming that drives the record.

After my last listen to the record, by the time Amanita morphed into its ecstatic finale I experienced a rush that I can only imagine is like being on some mad pyschedelic high. I don't do drugs so I'm just speculating!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Guy Haynes on September 5, 2012
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The pressure has well and truly been ramped up in anticipation of this latest Animal Collective release following as it does the commercial breakthrough album 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' and the equally impressive 'Fall Be Kind' EP. The expectations are different this time out, the last album was considered more accessible and even contained a genuine indie hit in the form of 'My Girls' - it goes without saying that many listeners will be hoping 'Centipede Hz' follows a similar path to its predecessor. After living with this album for a week I'm not convinced everyone is going to be won over by the direction the band have taken, this is abrasive, dense, busy - some will baulk at the seemingly cluttered and slippery arrangements. The closest recent parallel for me would be someone purchasing 'Embryonic' by the Flaming Lips hoping to find another 'Yoshimi', both albums are clearly the work of the same band but where the earlier album applies a smooth and clean approach to the production and keeps the writing concise the later release revels in throwing up an alien sound palette of initially perplexing and jarring noise which it marries to far looser song structures. It goes a long way to explaining why I awarded this album 5 stars when you consider I actually rated 'Embryonic' my favourite album of 2009 ahead of 'MPP'!

'Centipede Hz' really is a full on sensory assault right from the off - after a quick snippet of radio noise 'Moonjock' jumps straight in with pounding drums and distorted vocals, as a standalone song perhaps not the band's most focused composition but it works perfectly as an extended intro here particularly because it is followed by the incredibly tight tribal meets carnival intensity of 'Today's Supernatural'.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on September 4, 2012
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Animal Collective have had a pretty epic four album run beginning with 2004's freak-folk 'Sung Tongs' and ending with their previous full-length, 2009's 'Merriweather Post Pavilion,' their most accessible (and most successful) album to date. Never a band to rest on their laurels, each album was a reaction to and near antithesis of the previous, and this trend continues with 'Centipede Hz.' Unfortunately it never quite reaches the heights of its predecessors, imo, though it's still an admirable--if a bit overbearing--effort.

Whereas 'Merriweather' was very Noah Lennox-dominated (he being the mellower, more traditionally "pop-friendly" of the two), Avey Tare's spazzamatazz songwriting and vocal stylings take center-stage here, and combined with the insanely kaleidoscopic and harsh noises coming from every which way, results in an overall vibe that's much more busy-sounding and, well....abrasive is the best word I can think of. Maybe "headachy" is more accurate. This tone is set early with opener 'Moonjock' and rarely lets up throughout its 54 minutes. There's some respite during Noah's handful of calmer, slightly more ambient tracks, but the assault on the senses can still be a bit much at times.

But if you dig through all the clutter, there are some lush melodies buried underneath; they just may take some time to unearth. "Wide Eyed," sung by multi-instrumentalist Deakin (back from his four-year hiatus), is a good example. It's an extremely well-written, oddly-structured song that has an infectious hook and bouncing rhythms reminiscent of Neu! or Faust, yet it's difficult to listen to on headphones with the volume turned up, due to the piercing noises constantly bombarding the listener.
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