Animal Collective are a special kind of unlistenable; their albums don't reward active engagement, but they don't make good background music, either. Their brand of twee is cloying and grating like an attention-starved, sugar-crashing eight-year-old who wants you to admire his finger painting, while you're trying to wash the dishes.
I have never, ever heard anyone call Oberst the next Dylan.
Ok, I'll bite - because they did things that were new and interesting, and have had a huge influence on the musicians that came after them? Grizzly Bear would probably be impossible without Elvis and the Beatles.
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