Centipede Hz

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Critic Score
Based on 40 reviews
2012 Ratings: #311 / 1096
User Score
Based on 484 ratings
2012 Ratings: #204
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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.

60
The Needle Drop

With Centipede Hz, experimental music outfit Animal Collective is following its poppiest album, 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion, with one of its most hectic.

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.

Windy
75

𝗔𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲'𝘀 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗵𝘆: 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗽𝗲𝗱𝗲 𝗛𝘇

The best way I can describe this album is just: it makes sense. Centipede Hz is an Animal Collective album that makes total sense, in terms of its sound, its release, its themes, and really everything about it. This is a bit weird because, in the case of AnCo, none of their previous albums have ever really done that. Each new album ... read more

Rob
75

Even though it's a change in direction from the beloved Merriweather Post Pavillion, it's still a great album. I've enjoyed it more with each listen.

Plats
89

Honestly, I think this album is pretty underrated. Sure, it’s a change in direction from “Merrieweather Post Pavilion”. But I think this new sound still plays to AnCo’s strengths with beautiful, psychedelic production, tight songwriting, enticing rhythms and a great sense of melody throughout!

Fav Tracks: Today’s Supernatural, Applesauce, Monkey Riches, Wide Eyed, Moonjock, Pulleys, Rosie Oh, Amanita

Least Fav Track: Father Time

Score:
8.9
Exceptional

kattenbroekcom
74

A pretty good if just existing album.

wiloptics
65

This one took me a LOOONG time to finish. I remember starting to listen to this last summer, and I've only finished it now. I've tried listening to it all the way through so many times, and only now have I actually sat all the way through it.

Maybe that makes this review sound way harsher than it's about to be, because the first half or so of this album is legitimately really good. Nothing amazing, but there's a lot of creativity and catchy hooks to be found here. Moonjock? Banger. Today's ... read more

KingIsCole10
70

While Centipede Hz isn't nearly as good the bands previous album, it still has some really good tracks and is a good record overall. It has some interesting production elements some strong lyrics but overall it just isn't as catchy or memorable as other Animal Collective albums. My favorite tracks are Applesauce, New Town Burnout and Amanita.

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Track List

1Moonjock
5:05
89
2Today's Supernatural
4:14
91
3Rosie Oh
2:55
82
4Applesauce
5:34
89
5Wide Eyed
5:00
84
6Father Time
4:34
75
7New Town Burnout
6:01
74
8Monkey Riches
6:45
84
9Mercury Man
4:18
83
10Pulleys
3:30
73
11Amanita
5:36
91
Total Length: 53 minutes
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Added on: May 14, 2012