Animal Collective, Ratking | Concord Music Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Animal Collective

Courtesy Windish Agency

When: Sat., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: sold out
Animal Collective are at their giddiest on the new Painting With (Domino). The synthetic Day-Glo licks and splatters and spring-loaded rhythms support equally hyperactive, hocketing, up-and-down vocals from Panda Bear (Noah Lennox) and Avey Tare (Dave Portner) that seem to indulge a Beach Boys fantasy (one further aided by the record’s having been cut at Hollywood’s EastWest Studios, where Brian Wilson shepherded some of his greatest achievements). The album was made by a trio version of the collective, with Geologist (Brian Weitz) helping to craft the dozen sugary ditties that never stop to catch their breath—though the jacked-up energy can prove a bit exhausting after a while. The pogoing grooves inject an almost primitive punk drive to the music, but ultimately they sound like a series of old Casio presets on overload, and they often diminish the melodic joy spilling from every track.
— Peter Margasak
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