Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. 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.
  2. The whole thing almost makes you wonder if Kevin Barnes isn't fucking around just to see what he can get away with, as he spends the better part of the record playing against his own strengths and nearly everything the listener has come to expect. [Fall 2008, p.77]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Nov 30, 2010
    10
    The best of Montreal album to date, which is saying a lot. Completely original and innovative album, unlike anything you've heard before.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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    Though excessive in terms of lyrics themes (sex and drugs), the tremendous imagination, twistes, arrangements and originality of MontrealThough excessive in terms of lyrics themes (sex and drugs), the tremendous imagination, twistes, arrangements and originality of Montreal portrays from the first second to the last one, make Skeletal Lamping a delicious masterpiece that gets you hooked from the beginning... and forever. Full Review »
  3. Jan 13, 2013
    7
    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 ofGood 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. Full Review »