Skeletal Lamping - Of Montreal
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  • Summary: The Kevin Barnes-led sextet releases its follow-up to 2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Some people are going to think this is a masterpiece, the equal of "Hissing Fauna." Others will call it a self indulgent mess that pushes indie-rock somewhere it really wasn't meant to go. Personally, I think both those sound about right.
  2. Amid its admirably complex compositional compressions, Skeletal Lamping feels like a triple-LP sprawler, despite clocking in at less than an hour. For those who have the patience to hang with Barnes and his freak-outs, it could be a masterpiece.
  3. 80
    Skeletal Lamping follows the latter path, fleshing out the polymorphous persona of Georgie Fruit via brilliantly executed attention-deficit funk. [Dec 2008, p.105]
  4. Most songs start with a barrage of mini movements, find aural stasis, then give in to stylistic onslaught. It's physically tiring at times, but immaculately arranged. That's less true of Barnes' lyrics. While his words are lysergically colorful and often poetic, any greater meaning is dissolved in an acid bath of too much information.
  5. This feast isn’t without a good deal of filler.
  6. Skeletal Lamping is by no means a bad album; rather, after such an organic and fully realized career milestone as Hissing Fauna, the difficulty of finding a new direction is a creatively arduous one, and of Montreal’s experimentation here is notable overall.
  7. Skeletal Lamping lacks a satisfactory, uh, idea. None are progressed, thoroughly provoked, just simply thrown out the speakers in hopes that we are transfixed by its oh-so literal translation of Barnes’ Georgie Fruit act.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Nov 30, 2010
    The best of Montreal album to date, which is saying a lot. Completely original and innovative album, unlike anything you've heard before. Kevin Barnes isn't just changing his own style, he's completely changing indie music as we know it. Expand
  2. RobertS.
    Oct 24, 2008
    Greatest. Album. Quite possibly ever made.
  3. TimR
    Oct 21, 2008
    Takes some listening, but I've found this is just as wholly addictive as their previous efforts.
  4. SoftcorE
    Oct 27, 2008
    Agree that it takes a few listens before it dawns just how good this is, but man it's the most fun you'll have coming to terms with an album. I find myself only wanting to listen to of Montreal these days. This just takes off where Hissing Fauna left us last year, even before HFAYTD, The Sunlandic Twins was 75% genius too. He keeps pushing his ideas of song progression further and further. I'm calling it a groundbreaker in the same mould as Rubber Soul, Pet Sounds, Ziggy Stardust, Sign of the Times, Giant Steps, Radiator and Smile. All the great albums sound all over the place, challenging, even confusing. Only after some patience coupled with the love of music that pushes the envelope, do they reveal their undeniable greatness. Expand
  5. BradW.
    Oct 21, 2008
    This album is amazing and addicts you like a young toddler to peppermint candies. Although reference to sex and drugs is extremely high, the 15 songs in this album all are refreshingly deceiving and fester inside your head for weeks. Once you go "Of Montreal", you'll never go back. Expand
  6. Jan 13, 2013
    Good album. But nothing great in comparison. Kevin Barnes seems to be all over the place and isn't able to sit down and really build off of any one sound. There are great pieces here and there, but the constant change wears it down. Expand
  7. bitching
    Oct 25, 2008
    Terrible, one of the worst albums of the year.

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