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Centipede Hz

Centipede Hz

3 Sep 2012
4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2012
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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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By Syriat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2012
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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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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, ¾ 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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