Aldhils Arboretum - Of Montreal
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  • Summary: Prone to making concept albums, the Athens, GA band led by Kevin Barnes returns with a more conventional offering for this, their fifth LP.
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  1. There's emotion, extraordinary technique, and a surprising, oh-so-welcome passion in the singing.
  2. In essence this is their first real rock album, filled with compact songs bursting with energy.
  3. The band manages to retain a good deal of their trademark zaniness while producing what might be their most focused and polished work.
  4. Stands up against Of Montreal's legendary fairly tale oddness. [#36, p.58]
  5. While Barnes' lyrics don't indulge in apocalyptic imagery or read like autopsy reports, the lyrical subjects range from death, to low culture, to existentialism. When combined with such inexplicitly peppy music, the somber nature of Barnes' lyrics welcomes hesitant laughter.
  6. 70
    An irreverent and enjoyably silly listen. [Mar 2003, p.100]
  7. This unabashedly jolly outing manages to be both simultaneously charming and irritating. [Feb 2003, p.106]

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  1. alexc
    Jun 17, 2006
    9
    A great listen, full of fantabulously catchy pop hooks and some of the most mainstrem sound of Montreal has ever put out. Gems include "Doing A great listen, full of fantabulously catchy pop hooks and some of the most mainstrem sound of Montreal has ever put out. Gems include "Doing Nothing" and "The Blank Husband Epidemic" but the best song on here is clearly "Jennifer Louise"...so good, I listened to it fifteen times in under three hours. And it's still stuck in my head. Expand
  2. pooppop
    Nov 1, 2004
    8
    yummy