Originally Posted by BillDoran
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.
Ha, what do you know? A post on Redszone that relates to my user name!
I personally love Animal Collective because from album to album their sound morphs greatly while still retaining their core "trademark" sound. Throughout their discography they've released such unique and diverse records incorporating numerous genres.
They are definitely a band that will always have people on both ends of the love/hate spectrum. If I could sum up why I enjoy their music so much, it has to be the brilliant balance of uglieness and beauty.
I enjoy putting the song Alvin Row on at bars just to see the reaction...