- Centipede Hz

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
CRITIC SCORE
76
Based on 31 reviews
2012 Rank: #193 / 906
USER SCORE
76
Based on
206 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Though it never escapes the shadow of its elder sibling, Centipede Hz is, in true black-sheep fashion, undeniably entertaining.

91
Beats Per Minute

Centipede Hz is dense and unforgivingly full-throttle ... and home to some of the band’s best and most involved lyrics to date.

85
Under The Radar

A magical album that takes the listener on a wondrous journey into a party where love is found, lost, and ultimately sublimated into an unsurpassable catharsis. 

80
The 405

With Centipede Hz, it's not just the case that they've done it again, it's that they've been doing it since the turn of the century, and no-one's going to stop them having fun anytime soon.

80
NME

It’s chaotic and confounding. It will frustrate as much as it delights. And no, not everything they throw at the wall manages to stick. 

80
Consequence of Sound

Centipede Hz is upfront about its intentions of difficulty, announcing them with a tone equal parts self-aware and challenging. 

80
No Ripcord

As it stands, it’s a portrait of growing up that is wonderfully vivid but a tad unfulfilling, a collection of tracks boasting some remarkable tunes and a complex theme, and an album that is bound to satisfy both hardcore and casual fans.

80
PopMatters

Centipede Hz is an album that’ll get a hold on you as all its arms grab on and don’t let go. 

74
Pitchfork

Centipede Hz, by comparison, feels like someone throwing a burrito on your windshield: The songs hit with a jolt, instantly splaying all their ingredients before you.

70
Drowned in Sound

It’s not a major album, but are Animal Collective obliged to make major albums?

60
Paste

Centipede Hz evokes nothing so much as diner placemats or knockoff dollar store beach pails.

58
A.V. Club

It’s like a manic transmission that’s only being half picked up, leaving the receiver the task of attempting to reconstruct the message from incomplete information.

50
FACT Magazine

The problem with Centipede Hz is that there’s just no room for the listener’s own imagination, rendering it a difficult album to connect with.

50
musicOMH

Oversaturated with obtrusive vocal effects and muddy synth textures, these songs are forcefully suffocated by untamed jumbles of sonic detritus.

SiberianBreaks
63
'Centipede Hz' sees AnCo going all out with their eccentric sound and this results with their messiest album yet. Despite it being an overwhelming mess of sounds, there is some other stuff worth noting. I really feel that Avey just completely caries this album. His vocals are by far the most interesting aspect of this album and 'Today's Supernatural' probably goes down as his best performance for me. Panda sounds just as bored and uninspired as he did on 'Tomboy.' Deakin finally gets his own ... read more
GoldenChords
81
I still feel a bit ashamed for those new listeners of Animal Collective who have been waiting for the band to recreate, at least an approximation in the slightest, the sound worked on their magnum opus. What a surprise they took to listening to the record for the first time: nothing in what they had been working on in the past years resembled the content in Centipede Hz. I like to compare this with Radiohead's Kid A, not on socio-cultural impact or the musical quality, but in what I mentioned ... read more
100
Could it be one of 2010s most underrated albums? For sure! High expectations set by 3-year-lapse since 'Merriweather' besides 'Honeycomb/Gotham' single awesomeness might have bring that disappointment halo over this one. "Today's supernatural", "Applesauce", "Monkey riches" or "Mercury man" are excellent songs, sometimes touching, hidden behind possibly excessive background noise.
john95
73
What more can you expect from a band that released a bunch of great records one after the other? It's good enough for me to shut up and listen to.
GPellizzon
88
After reaching their peak with "Merriweather Post Pavilion", Animal Collective takes steps towards somewhere in often uncertain, multidirectional fashion and therefore with lots of hits and misses.
A step forward or bacwkards? I really can't say. But they definitely didn't stay in the same place.

GEMS:
• Today's Supernatural
• Monkey Riches
• Pulleys
• Amanita
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Track List
  1. Moonjock 
  2. Today's Supernatural 
  3. Rosie Oh 
  4. Applesauce 
  5. Wide Eyed 
  6. Father Time 
  7. New Town Burnout 
  8. Monkey Riches 
  9. Mercury Man 
  10. Pulleys 
  11. Amanita


Added on: May 14, 2012