Some so-called treasures are better left buried. First released as a limited-edition LP back in 2002, the recently reissued Hollinndagain
is a scrapbook of several live performances by an Animal Collective that was still grasping for its sound. These seven songs have a rudimentary, open-ended feel that falls short of the psychedelic majesty of other albums, most notably Danse Manatee
and Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished
. The boys whoop, holler, and excitedly beat their chests, while sparse, teeter-tottering keyboard melodies try to claw their way free from the tarpit of background noise. This disc is for completists only and even then, maybe not.