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Centipede Hz

Animal Collective Audio CD
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Merriweather Post Pavilion is the ninth studio album from Animal Collective, recorded with Ben Allen in Oxford, Mississippi. After listening to this record, however, it's clear that Animal Collective have transcended the everyday realities of numbers, locations and people and arrived at a spectacular, unique place. Animal Collective have made a universal record that makes the same ... Read more in Amazon's Animal Collective Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino (3)
  • ASIN: B008G8QDMW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Rosie Oh 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Applesauce 5:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wide Eyed 5:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Father Time 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. New Town Burnout 6:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Monkey Riches 6:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mercury Man 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Pulleys 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Amanita 5:360.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

Back to a four-piece following the return of Josh Dibb (aka Deakin), who ducked out of the band’s 2009 critical hit Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective have dived deeper into their neon-lit rabbit hole for this ninth album. Centipede Hz is dense and detailed, invigorating and intoxicating. It requires a musical aperitif prior to experiencing, or else the listener risks being overwhelmed by the sensory rush.

Actually, that’s exactly what should happen. It’s absolutely paramount that you, listener, take yourself away from any other activity while Centipede Hz plays. Distractions will numb its potency – and believe these words when they state you’ll want to be completely consumed by this album. It’s the only way to properly feel it: into brain, blood, skin, and back into the air, hair buzzing, fingernails dancing. Close your eyes: soon enough pictures paint themselves across the blank canvas. They may not be clear, appearing as strange shape-shifting things, but they’re certainly captivating.

It might not be Animal Collective’s very best album to date – perhaps 2007’s Strawberry Jam deserves that honour, for its combination of creative boldness and no-second-wasted brevity – but the 55 minutes of Centipede Hz are geared for maximum connect between artist and audience. The album’s sequencing seems spot on, the cliché of “taking one on a journey” coming to mind, but not without reason – segues of static and radio chatter between songs ensure momentum’s never lost.

Transitions like that of Today’s Supernatural, an irresistible sci-fi sea shanty, into Rosie Oh, fizzy funk dressed in dusty folk threads, are indicative of a superb understanding of ‘proper’ album dynamics. This was designed to be heard in full, not picked apart by shuffle functions. That said, after a handful of plays highlights become apparent – though they’re likely to vary from ears to ears.

Monkey Riches is tumultuously evolving dance-pop shocked by vocal screeches and assaulted by a cavalcade of cut-and-pasted samples, and Mercury Man slips inside haunted-house Krautrock. Opener Moonjock, meanwhile, winds transmissions from deep space around skull-thumping percussion – but the pain’s a pleasant one.

Submit fully to Centipede Hz and it will infect you, quite deliciously, for the foreseeable.

--Andy Fyfe

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Animal Collective - Today's Supernatural 3 Sep 2012
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Trying to review the new Animal Collective album "Centipede Hz" without reference to its generation defining predecessor "Merriweather Post Pavilion" is nigh on impossible. The phrase "chalk and cheese" doesn't come close. Having listened to this album streamed over the AC "Centipede Radio" for the past five days is akin to one of those horrible change curves that management theorists can get very excited about. You start off in a mild state of shock. What the hell is this noise, why are we being bombarded by all these tinny frequencies, where is the presence of any low end bass on the album and where is My Girls 2? The next stage is anger and depression. Come on Panda Bear and Avey Tare you surely can do better than this? Everything about MPP was borderline perfection, it was like Brian Wilson had really finished "Smile" but went to Berlin, had it produced by Kraftwerk, bumped into Spiritualized on the way and pinched some unreleased tapes from Super Furry Animals and asked Eno to mix. Where are the big production values, the experimental dance music, the shimmering, bell-like tones strung out and stretched against a backdrop of huge micro-beats and most of all the massive sense of fun with "Daily Routine" staking a claim for the indie national anthem of the noughties.

Then suddenly integration and acceptance slopes in. "Centipede Hz" creeps up you like a stealth bomber. A hand grenade is taken to the expansive MPP sound and instead garage pop rock is the order of the day with certain songs screaming for your attention in the same way "For Reverend Green" from Strawberry Jam burrowed up your musical drainpipe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably won't be reviewed by Grazia 24 Sep 2012
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After the breakout of MPP, Centipede HZ is a return to the chaotic, sensory overload, hoe-down on acid of Strawberry Jam. I don't have a problem with this. For me, Animal Collective were always supposed to be "difficult". A bit of a challenge sonically. Having said this though, it's actually not that difficult a listen. AC have always known how to turn out a good tune and there are plenty on Centipede HZ. Today's Supernatural is most immediate, Applesauce is glorious and the closer Amanita really grows. So don't let the noise put you off!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Sounding Animal Collective 9 Sep 2012
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Animal Collective are much loved by critics and fans alike. Merriweather Post Pavilion was a breakthrough for them and whilst they didn't become the huge act many expected it did increase their currency and notoriety. All of that leaves them with a bit of difficult task in releasing Centipede HZ. As ever AC defy the conventional and expected and come up with a different album altogether that may well divide fans, critics and expectations. This is a collection of tracks that takes time to work and after the instant shock of squelches and technology it reveals melody, sound and inventiveness.

AC albums are all about a feeling, a mood. MPP felt like a warm lazy day on a beach. Centipede HZ feels like being on a spaceship and turning on intergalactic radio. You can't always discern the instrumentation, there are lots of noises and samples (one track finishes with a vocoded cry of Johnny Walker - its not just me that hears that is it?). However, this mess of noise on first listen gradually becomes clearer. The first track that really seeped into my brain was the rather wonderful Today's Supernatural. It is a heady, breathless, joyous number that has the catchy hook of 'Come on let go' at the start of what could in normal terms be called a verse - if such structures exist within AC's world. It also contains the line 'Come on let go the shifting easel.' This brings to mind the shifting style and focus AC embody. Mercury Man startles on first listen but it works well and is a very memorable number. Other stand out tracks include Father Time and Moon Jock. However, this is one album which will reveal more on each listen.

I really need to warn anyone want MPP2 that this is a shock to the senses on first listen. It may not be quite as good as that album either.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars let let let let let me gooooooooo 4 Sep 2012
By Kenneth
Format:Audio CD
Animal Collective have been trying almost singlehandedly, to drag alternative rock music into the future for well over a decade now and for their commitment alone I think they deserve considerable praise. Retro, retro, retro is what so many bands have been content to strive for in the 21st century, so it's always comforting to know that when Avey, Panda, Geologist and Deakin get together you're going to hear something truly original. Centipede HZ the bands ninth studio album follows this brave formula and even though I'm not totally in love with every song on here, I'm happy to report that for the most part it's another triumph for the Baltimore band.

Animal Collective's serpentine mantra of constant evolution has meant that Centipede Hz has only a few remnants of what made their 2009 breakthrough album Merriweather Post Pavilion such a unanimous success. Instead they've opted for a more Chaotic and live feel this time round, with explosive percussion, Mutant guitar and Avey tares frenetic vocals featuring heavily on most of these songs. Producer Ben Allen has been brought back again though and the inviting pop tinged electronic sheen he helped to perfect on MPP is the one thing he's managed to carry over onto Centipede HZ.

This hybrid has created some of the most unique songs of 2012, "Todays Supernatural" has been circulating for a while now but its carnivelesque instrumentation, time and Avey Tare's bug eyed mini chorus still make it a bewildering listen after repeated spins. "Applesauce" "Father Time" and "Monkey Riches" are also completely unhinged but utterly beguiling in the way only an Avey Tare fronted song can be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
One of my favourite animal collective albums. Has to be in my top 3 albums by AnCo , I've listened to this album around 150 times since it came out and still find it amazing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tidyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best albums so far.
I don't get why some people say that it needs 10 listens before you get it. Moonjock , Todays Supernatural, Rosie Oh , Applesauce and Wide Eyed Make up the first half of this album... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carrie Larkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing band in great shape
Not as easy on the ear as Merriweather, but a cracking album nonetheless. Amanita is a truly amazing song. They're on top of their game.
Published 13 months ago by Goncalo Santos
2.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's New Clothes?
Even given that Merriweather Post Pavilion was almost wholly lacking in any discernable basslines (the addition of a few would certainly have helped out and if the lads want a hand... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tony T
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and still growing on me
Don't expect to enjoy Animal Collective as easy background listening. They really do need to be LISTENED to. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr Roger J L Varley
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice tracks...shame about the production
I won't get into the music on this album, others have said it well enough already, and if you're a fan you'll grow to like this. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars Melody and Clatter
I knew that Centipede Hz was going to be a bit special when I saw Animal Collective last year. In Eastbourne! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Twig
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange trip
The first couple of times I heard "Centipede Hz" it seemed to be a rather chaotic and overwhelming experience. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Rev Q Sand
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ride, genius.
This is a real grower, give it at last 10 listens before it all comes togheter in your head, you'll be rewarded with the best AC album yet (personally, but its close). Read more
Published 24 months ago by Ellen
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