Animal Collective were on late night with Jimmy Fallon last night to perform the song Rosie Oh off their new album Centipede Hz. They brought the Animal Collective stage set up with them, with lots of color and the Animal Collective vibe, and "Rosie Oh" is one of the more accessible songs on the album and is prime material for the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon crowd. The band has been hitting their stride with this new album, launching it with their Animal Collective Radio series and an overall good album that shows the band progressing along the path of an ever-changing mode of songwriting.
As far as a live performance goes, the Jimmy Fallon appearance really lacked the intensity of what the band can do live, it felt tepid and reserved. Where was the vibe? Where was the intensity? For a band that has always been more of a live band than a studio band, this felt really like a holding back of what they're capable of. I suppose it's fair to say that a mainstream late night TV audience isn't going to like a jolt, but this performance felt really, really beige. Which totally contradicts the bright stage set up and colorful live experience that Animal Collective is known for. What do you think? Leave your review below