Centipede Hz

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2012 Ratings: #260 / 944
User Score
Based on 279 ratings
2012 Ratings: #171
September 4, 2012 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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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.

charlie17
76
I quite enjoyed the more electronic loop based aesthetic used on this album. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, but it definitely plays to animal collective’s strengths.
Best tracks: Monkey Riches, Todays Supernatural, Applesauce
Worst Tracks: New Town Burnout, Rosie Oh

Rating: 78/100(pretty good)
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.
RyannAlpaca
80
Calling out

underrated record.
gabbygee
80
Anyone else feels like this got much better with time?
Tom Simmons
73
Fav Tracks: Today's Supernatural, Wide Eyed, Applesauce, Moonjock, Pulleys

Least Fav Track: Father Time
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MISC LISTS

#19/Pitchfork Readers

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
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Added on: May 14, 2012