Thecontrollersphere - Of Montreal
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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5

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  1. Jun 23, 2011
    7
    This EP is like most EP's. The songs are leftovers from their full length that didn't quite make the cut or fit into the composition. If you are already a fan of Of Montreal, you will love the songs, go buy the record. If not, go pick up a full length.
  2. Aug 24, 2012
    8
    Thecontrollersphere, like the album cover suggests, appropriately, is a heaving, swarming cauldron of sound with explorations into what sounds emerge when you follow of Montreal into wee hours. The lyrics flay psychic trauma and insecurity with a voice that is at once direct and at ease. Holiday Call reaches out to Middle Eastern influences. The riffs are characteristically catchy. Yes, it's an EP, but this effort is not even close to a rehashing of old material. It is a unique and exciting collection, and worthy of discovery. Expand
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60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
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  1. Jun 8, 2011
    50
    Nothing here is must=-hear, but true fans will enjoy sorting through of Montreal's influences and musical thought process as they prepare for the next full-length album. [May 2011, p.85]
  2. 70
    Thecontrollersphere is another thrilling addition to the Of Montreal catalog, but it's hardly a welcoming entry point for those unaccustomed to the depraved yet tantalizing world of Kevin Barnes. For longtime fans though, this EP represents another exhilarating turn from one of America's most singular musicians.
  3. As said, the songs benefit from being taken out of context and as much as that leads to just picking and choosing the moments worth going back for, the process of listening to the EP as a whole can almost be disheartening as much as it is unrewarding.