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  • Summary: Kevin Barnes injects atypically autobiographical subject matter into his danceable indie-pop tunes on his latest Of Montreal release.
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. An extraordinary record. [Mar 2007, p.115]
  2. This is a cohesive, serious album. It is distressing, depressed, isolated, alienating, and probably the best Of Montreal album to date.
  3. Hissing Fauna might be Barnes’ finest work yet, an opus built entirely of sugar.
  4. 80
    The emotional gravitas only lends heft to the group's exhilarating, ever-present sugar high. [#74, p.104]
  5. It's all darkly beautiful, because Barnes continues to emote more through the music than through his words.
  6. 70
    Hissing Fauna might be an album of ego trips, but at least Barnes is on the good stuff. [Feb 2007, p.85]
  7. Most of what Barnes throws together here doesn't get beyond annoying pastiche, and he still lacks the chops as a wordsmith to magically transform mediocre jams into memorable songs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 97
  2. Negative: 5 out of 97
  1. DavidC.
    May 31, 2009
    This is one of the greatest albums of this decade. The comedic and cynical lyrics counter the poppy melodies of the album in almost an ironic way. "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" lies perfectly in the middle of the album, where the music takes a sharp turn for the serious and angry. Of Montreal finds a way to make the most unlikely combination of lyrics and music to create one amazing feeling of loss and anger. It is a truly unique and wonderful album from a truly unique and wonderful band. Expand
  2. Cat
    Apr 23, 2007
    A really fun album. My boyfriend and I dance to it all the time. All and by the way, best album of the year!
  3. andresl
    Jan 30, 2007
    wow, how could this band slip under my radar. this is the first record i have listen to by them but i think is absolutly brilliant. i'm gonna check out their previous albums although the reviews suggest they are quiet different. this one is very catchy, the production is excellent and the lyrics kinda dark but very funny. some songs sound like beck circa midnight vultures others like good bowie. no filler i like all the songs Expand
  4. ColinO
    Jun 9, 2007
    A terrifically fun album.
  5. BobP
    Feb 4, 2007
    Saddest disco album ever!
  6. kevk
    Apr 17, 2007
    can you say, masterpiece?
  7. TheJackyl
    Jan 24, 2007
    Worst band ever.

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