REVIEW: Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

In 2009 Animal Collective released Merriweather Post Pavilion, an album hailed as “one of the landmark American albums of the century so far” by some, and one that drew the group “serious” comparisons to the Beatles by others. The fact of the matter, however,  was that with the exception of the track “My Girls”, Merriweather simply applied a bit of polish to the Barrett-ian psychedelic freak outs that the band is best known for and successfully passed it off as a serious effort rather than the infinite monkeys let loose in a recording studio approach that could best describe the bulk of their releases. Out this week, Centipede Hz, carries on in that tradition and while the members of the Collective seem to be learning, mellowing even, they could clearly still benefit from a healthy dose of Ritalin.