Daughter of Cloud - Of Montreal
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nov 8, 2012
    70
    This may be a directionless paella of genres and styles, but the band is assured and accomplished enough to pull each track off with aplomb.
  2. Nov 5, 2012
    76
    New listeners may not find this a better entry point than any particular album, but casual fans who have enjoyed the last four releases from the band should greet this as a welcome surprise.
  3. If you can forgive Barnes' very unfortunate excursions into hip-hop and overlook what is hopefully the last few Georgie Fruit guest spots, you'll be amazed at the range of sounds that the band manages to successfully explore here.
  4. Oct 30, 2012
    50
    Many of the tracks, all recorded since 2007, echo the questionable cacophonic splurges of 2008's Skeletal Lamping through to this year's lacklustre Paralytic Stalks. But there are some respites.
  5. 50
    Daughter of Cloud knows exactly what it is, who it is trying to serve, and can hardly be criticized too sharply for having b-sides that sound like b-sides.
  6. Oct 23, 2012
    68
    The record would be better served to ditch a majority of its so-so offerings and stick to its successes--those that show Barnes as willing to channel his creativity into a focused direction.
  7. Oct 23, 2012
    70
    For such a madcap, experimental pop act, this is a reasonably cogent collection of songs, and one that serves as a decent follow up to their last 'proper' LP, 'Paralytic Stalks'.
  8. 50
    Unfortunately, this rarities compilation focuses on OM's 2008-until-now phase, and it grates heavily.
  9. Oct 17, 2012
    58
    Daughter of Cloud accurately depicts an artist who has pushed his artistic license to its very limit. It also makes a convincing argument for the virtue of accepting some of those pushed-aside limitations.
  10. Oct 17, 2012
    80
    With lyrics that can make you laugh out loud and beats that reach the feet, Barnes has managed a careful balance between sheer absurdity and moments of genius.
  11. Oct 17, 2012
    60
    While Daughter of Cloud houses a number of Barnes' most flamboyantly weird musical ideas, they're also frequently some of his hollowest.
  12. Oct 17, 2012
    70
    Despite a few tracks that should have stayed unreleased, Daughter of Cloud succeeds by showing the most extreme versions of several different sides of Of Montreal, from their most intense and suffocating to their most uncommonly tender.

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