Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Of Montreal's most focused and powerful sounding record yet.
  2. Taken as a whole then, and with very few weaknesses to point out, Satanic Panic in the Attic might be the best thing this ever-changing band has released since the groundbreaking The Gay Parade.
  3. Satanic Panic in the Attic is idiosyncratic without being hokey, and although the band has been stiffed recognition for the consistency of their previous work, this album should make the group much more difficult to ignore.
  4. Rolling Stone
    70
    Sounds like a solid Kinks album covered by a bunch of smart indie boys. [15 Apr 2004, p.151]
  5. Under The Radar
    90
    It may not be the band's definitive moment... but, arguably, it is the experimental indie pop album of the summer. [#7]
  6. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    Packs melodic punches with its killer Wilson-esque tunes. [18 Dec 2004, p.51]
  7. Alternative Press
    80
    A fantastic musical landscape that's practically carnivalesque. [Jul 2004, p.136]
  8. Satanic Panic in the Attic is a typically sprawling piece of music for Of Montreal. It runs only 43 minutes, but in that space, the band manage to throw in everything but the kitchen sink in winsome pop experimentation.
  9. Magnet
    80
    It's hard to imagine a better psychedelic-pop record this year than Satanic Panic In The Attic. [#64, p.102]
  10. While Satanic Panic in the Attic is unlikely to make significant waves outside of Elephant 6 and indie-pop circles, those lucky enough to hear it (and persist with it) will find very little to complain about.
  11. Filter
    78
    It's hard to believe that a guy so apparently bombed out of his head... can concoct such well-crafted pop songs. [#11, p.98]
  12. One of those singular albums that is so richly dense, so unabashedly whimsical and so damned polished.
  13. A simple exercise in bright, energetic--if somewhat vapid--pop music.
  14. These new stylistic change-ups give Of Montreal a contemporary edge, but dull the pastoral chaos that made them so charming to start with.
  15. Of Montreal have safely entrenched themselves as an institution in the indie rock world, and Satanic Panic shows them as dependable as ever for some of the best pop songs around.
  16. Of Montreal are at least three indie subfads too late.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. FrankH
    May 3, 2007
    10
    Solid, creative and fun as hell! Some of the best music I've had the pleasure of listening to in quite sometime. This is a real gem!
  2. RonnieM
    May 3, 2007
    10
    Best album of 04.
  3. DJay
    Apr 11, 2007
    10
    Wonderful! Really one of a kind. Genuis songs(Spike The Senses, My British Tour Diary, Rapture Rapes the Muses, An Erroneous Escape Into Erik Wonderful! Really one of a kind. Genuis songs(Spike The Senses, My British Tour Diary, Rapture Rapes the Muses, An Erroneous Escape Into Erik Eckles, Disconnect The Dots, really the whole entire album. One of there best works...which is saying alot. Full Review »