Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
For me, Animal Collective is a pretty good band, but they're overrated by a lot of people and publications. All their albums range from 'good' to 'very good', but they haven't released a great record. I think their hype mainly comes from their unique-yet-attainable sound. They're certainly not bad--far from it--but aside from their sound, they're not all that special either.
I think their appeal is that they brought a noisy electronic sound to the popular indie crowd. You can see where there musical interests lie in who they affiliate themselves with, namely abrasive noise bands like Black Dice. It helped that they started strange and discordant and grew progressively more palatable, allowing the hype to build. Haven't listened to Centipede Hrz yet, but for my money Strawberry Jam and Feels are their best albums.