Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Animal Collective

  • Feels [Fat Cat, 2005] **
  • Strawberry Jam [Domino, 2007] *
  • Merriweather Post Pavilion [Domino, 2009] *
  • Fall Be Kind [Domino, 2009] Dud
  • Centipede Hz [Domino, 2012] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Feels [Fat Cat, 2005]
Back when I was a young feller, we called these things hootenannies, only we thought they needed songs ("Did You See the Words," "Turn Into Something"). **

Strawberry Jam [Domino, 2007]
"The other side of takeout is mildew on rice" convinced me that they Know Life--but then I started to wonder again ("Peacebone," "Cuckoo Cuckoo"). *

Merriweather Post Pavilion [Domino, 2009]
Sunny down snuff they're all right with the heroes and villains ("My Girls," "Brother Sport"). *

Fall Be Kind [Domino, 2009] Dud

Centipede Hz [Domino, 2012]
All too theoretically fun-loving communards nice up the hilarity, whereupon their base tells them to stop being such goofs already ("Moonjock," "Applesauce") ***

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