Centipede Hz - Animal Collective
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Sep 4, 2012
    70
    Those who decried the last album's lack of spontaneity will be satisfied with Centipede Hz, but it hits hardest when the guys lock into something that works.
  2. Sep 4, 2012
    90
    Centepede Hz is somehow both futuristically innovative and welcomingly accessible. Amid the obscurantism caused by white noise and radio interference are strong choruses likely to get any form of life dancing.
  3. Dec 19, 2012
    70
    Listening to Centipede is like going through a garage filled with clutter.
  4. 90
    Each song is impactful and memorable, with a fantastic approach to songcraft that focuses on minimal gestures, mixed with tremendous layers and layers of sounds.
  5. Oct 3, 2012
    70
    Despite their pop savvy, it's a surprisingly difficult listen. [Sep 2012, p.57]
  6. Sep 26, 2012
    95
    Although the quartet might not have topped Merriweather Post Pavillion, it did the next best thing: make an album that's entirely new and just as exciting. [No.91 p.52]
  7. Sep 20, 2012
    60
    The Baltimore psych-experimental rock band's ninth begins in a youthful and joyous way, but the exuberance unravels into something close to obnoxious chaos.
  8. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    In reconnecting with the guileless, tribal chaos of their roots, Animal Collective have made another delirious and ecstatic step forward. [Oct 2012, p.87]
  9. Sep 11, 2012
    70
    Centipede Hz is an album that both gazes up into the cosmos, and stares down into the dirt--and perhaps that's not so weird.
  10. Sep 10, 2012
    90
    Centipede HZ is a reaffirmation. It reminds us that Animal Collective plays interactive, now and forever.
  11. Sep 6, 2012
    80
    It's intoxicating listening that demands repeated attention. [Oct 2012, p.102]
  12. 75
    The band's manic creativity can still dazzle. [7 Sep 2012, p.75]
  13. Sep 6, 2012
    50
    This is a difficult album to love... the overriding impression is of a not entirely pleasant sugar rush.
  14. Sep 5, 2012
    80
    If it's not yet clear, Centipede does retain much of the band's earnest, knowing naiveté.
  15. Sep 5, 2012
    82
    As usual, though, the group are at their best when trying to come to terms with grace and beauty.
  16. Sep 5, 2012
    55
    Like the subjects of these songs, the music itself wanders.
  17. Simultaneously the most and the least pop record of the autumn.
  18. 60
    Amid pell-mell songs such as standout Today's Supernatural there is rarely a pause to draw breath on this fine follow-up.
  19. 40
    "Merriweather Post Pavilion," had comparatively more open space, medium tempos, and a lot more Panda Bear, who restricts himself emotionally as he tries to make his limited voice beautiful. This record is dominated, even saturated, by Avey Tare, who does not.
  20. Sep 4, 2012
    50
    Centipede Hz may have a lot of interesting elements floating around, and it may be held together by the same strong songcraft that has always sustained Animal Collective, but it's all too murky and familiar, less profoundly complex than inaccessibly complicated.
  21. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    With just a bit more of a push, Centipede Hz could have been something truly special, but 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.
  22. Sep 4, 2012
    74
    With Centipede Hz, Animal Collective have delivered a cluttered, abrasive album that confirms their naysayers' exaggerated perceptions of the band. But even a patchy Animal Collective album yields several exceptional songs.
  23. Sep 4, 2012
    60
    Centipede Hz is not their worst album as some will believe--or as its dense ugliness will first sound--and it may continue to reveal itself over time like TV on the Radio's Nine Types of Light or Spoon's Transference.
  24. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    Nine albums into their career, Animal Collective continue to deliver records far ahead of their time.
  25. Sep 4, 2012
    70
    Oddly enough, the most striking part of the record may be the transitions.
  26. Sep 4, 2012
    70
    It takes time to acclimate to the album's frenetic fog. In that sense, Centipede Hz is both a return to and rejection of form.
  27. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    Centipede Hz feels celebratory.
  28. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    All in all, Centipede Hz is an album that'll get a hold on you as all its arms grab on and don't let go.
  29. 63
    Recording together in a room (as opposed to assembling songs online) for the first time in years, Animal Collective also reengaged the primal aggression of its early work.
  30. Sep 4, 2012
    70
    It's jolly and kinetic and greater than the sum of its songs.
  31. Sep 4, 2012
    70
    There's a higher percent of anxiety and queasiness mixed in amid the moments of pop bliss, and though fans of the glassy perfection of MPP may be initially disappointed, Centipede Hz sounds like another logical step in the band's evolution.
  32. Sep 4, 2012
    50
    For large parts of this record, perhaps for the first time since the group's inception, Animal Collective sounds like a band doing little more than going through the motions.
  33. 80
    Centipede Hz stretches them out of their traditional organic structures and into a slightly unknown world.
  34. Centipede Hz is dense and unforgivingly full-throttle--you'll find no "Loch Raven" or even "Chores" here – and home to some of the band's best and most involved lyrics to date.
  35. Sep 4, 2012
    58
    Centipede Hz insists that listeners think their way to liking it.
  36. 40
    While there's some interesting moments to be found here, for the most part Centipede Hz is a fatiguing experience.
  37. Aug 31, 2012
    80
    Experimental, psychedelic, mad, and oddly, very listenable pop music.
  38. 80
    Their latest album may not be quite as viscerally dark as that record's production (the haunted house bridge on "Mercury Man" hits closest), but Tare's solo claustrophobic musings still seem to be just as intrinsic.
  39. Aug 30, 2012
    50
    It's as if by having every tool and style of every era and nation available to them at the press of a button has stripped AC's world of its mystery; as if there's nothing more to discover.
  40. Aug 29, 2012
    80
    Submit fully to Centipede Hz and it will infect you, quite deliciously, for the foreseeable.
  41. When the band puts their best foot forward ("Monkey Riches," "Father Time," "Applesauce," "Mercury Man," and "Pulleys,") they sound like an outfit deserving of all the hype and praise bestowed upon them.
  42. Aug 28, 2012
    88
    It's perhaps overly long (53 minutes) and hard to penetrate, but Animal Collective's creativity glows brighter than Ric Flair's hair.
  43. Aug 28, 2012
    85
    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. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.108]
  44. 80
    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. But my, what a lovely mess they've made.
  45. Aug 28, 2012
    70
    What gives Centipede Hz its relatable gravity is that, this time out, Animal Collective sound more like creatures who put their skinny jeans on one hoof at a time.
  46. Aug 28, 2012
    60
    Centipede Hz sets them up well for the future, without always managing to satisfy in the present.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Sep 8, 2012
    5
    I love this band and even though their more experimental stuff can be hard to listen to, I still appreciate most of their music for its innovation and originality. With this album, you can strip away all the noises and gunk that soak the songs and find yourself with an unimpressive foundation. Most of the songs have somewhat interesting sonic ideas, but these ideas never go anywhere. The first song, moonjock, for instance starts off with a jolting beat that gets you excited to hear it and then the song just overwhelms itself with too many sounds that it becomes musical mush. its like wanting to have a smoothie and adding every fruit in existence into it and while it may seem good, when you're done making it you're just left with a smoothie that has too much in it and its not enjoyable at all. I think animal collective should go back to making strawberry banana smoothies. Full Review »
  2. Sep 7, 2012
    9
    This a really cool record, definitely one of their best. Noisy like Here Comes the Indian, but poppy like Strawberry Jam. If Avey Tare's Down There had a baby with Strawberry Jam, it would be this album. Full Review »
  3. Sep 5, 2012
    9
    excellent album that is receiving negative reviews by folks without patience. this album certainly rewards those who are willing to really listen. these songs are incredibly dense and that seems to turns some people off for some reason. i personally love that i can listen to these songs a bunch of times and keep hearing new things. this album has a sonic aesthetic all its own and while you can certainly hear influences from more traditional genres and eras of music it is all filtered through Animal Collective's unique vision of sound. this album is tough and abrasive but in all the right ways and there are some true moments of beauty throughout. Full Review »