Paralytic Stalks

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
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  1. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    Convoluted as his words and ideas are, they're surprisingly singable, in all their mad profusion.
  2. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    There is ... a marked orchestral fluidity throughout, which lends itself to the experimental instrumental passages that permeate the record.
  3. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    [Barnes has created] the best experimental discordant noise pop he's worked on since 'Hissing Fauna'.
  4. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    Musically, Stalks is a tour de force, filled with colorful new sonic tricks.
  5. 70
    Paralytic Stalks is a fascinating listen, for both old fans and new.
  6. Feb 7, 2012
    70
    Paralytic Stalks isn't an Of Montreal album stuffed with steakhouse jingles. But therein lies the charm.
  7. Feb 7, 2012
    70
    Of Montreal grow less accessible with Paralytic Stalks, but it's respectable how unconcerned Barnes seems with anything besides staying true to his freakily fractured vision.
  8. Feb 7, 2012
    72
    For all its songwriterly craft, of Montreal's experiments make Paralytic Stalks one of the more compelling efforts in the band's long discography.
  9. Feb 7, 2012
    80
    Paralytic Stalks is a record made by a genius or a hoity-toity psychopath depending on your perspective--call it whatever you want, but it certainly isn't boring.
  10. Feb 7, 2012
    83
    Paralytic Stalks feels like a marathon at times, but it's a trek worth repeating.
  11. Barnes has definitely taken a step in right direction.
  12. Feb 6, 2012
    70
    For much of Paralytic Stalk's first half and even for most of the more unhinged second act, Kevin Barnes strikes a near-perfect balance between pop mastery and a delightful sort of weird.
  13. Feb 6, 2012
    90
    At the end of the day, Kevin Barnes is really trying to make good pop. Paralytic Stalks is just that, bombast and all.
  14. Feb 3, 2012
    70
    Despite its heart of darkness, Paralytic Stalks is a deceptively gentle, rambling record that gains integrity but loses focus via the strong suspicion that it was recorded more for the benefit of Nina Barnes than for us.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    10
    I waited for a peaceful moment in the busy work week to listen to the album with full concentration. Iâ
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    10
    A glorious mess of deeply personal introspection and eclectic instrumentation. Each consecutive listen bring more clarity and enjoyment. ItsA glorious mess of deeply personal introspection and eclectic instrumentation. Each consecutive listen bring more clarity and enjoyment. Its one of those record where the first play-through has you thinking: "What on earth did I just listen to?". Nothing short of sublime. Full Review »
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    10
    Kevin Barnes creates another splendorous record. I understand the different opinions the critics are having, but this has to be one of theKevin Barnes creates another splendorous record. I understand the different opinions the critics are having, but this has to be one of the most interesting releases in months. Totally worth buying it, the songs won't leave your head. Full Review »