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The Sunlandic Twins

of Montreal Audio CD
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The brainchild of singer/guitarist Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal was among the second wave of bands to emerge from the sprawling Elephant 6 collective. A native of Athens, Georgia, Barnes was inspired to form the euphoric indie pop group in the wake of a broken romance with a woman from Montreal. He signed with Bar/None Records while living in Florida, subsequently moved to Cleveland and ... Read more in Amazon's of Montreal Store

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  • Audio CD (12 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B0007X9TUW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Requiem For O.M.M.2
2. I Was Never Young
3. Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games
4. Forecast Fascist Future
5. So Begins Our Alabee
6. Our Spring Is Sweet Not Fleeting
7. The Party's Crashing Us
8. Knight Rider
9. I Was A Landscape In Your Dream
10. Death Of A Shade Of A Hue
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Art Snob Solutions (Bonus CD)
2. The Actor's Opprobrium (Bonus CD)
3. Keep Sending Me Black Fireworks (Bonus CD)
4. Everyday Feels Like Sunday (Bonus CD)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Montreal - - The Sunlandic Twins 3 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After 10 albums, Kevin Barnes still has plenty to say and, on the evidence of 'Sunlandic Twins', plenty worth hearing. Of Montreal is pretty much Kevin's solo project these days; he writes, plays and produces pretty much everything here and his magpie mind has amassed a trove of bright ideas.
The album is full of yin and yang. It retains his continuing 60s fascination but the dance/world music influences are stronger than ever, resulting in a record inspired by, but not in thrall to, the past and just as greedily eating up the future. As on 'Satanic Panic in the Attic', you hear traces of Fela Kuti and Os Mutantes, especially on 'I Was Never Young', while cheesy dance music gets an intelligent advocate for once. 'So Begins Our Alabee', the one reference to his new daughter I can spot (presumably these songs were conceived before she was), has a lovely tinny early 80s electro-pop beat while 'This Party's Crashing Us' combines programmed drums, Parliament-style wah wah guitars and multitracked vocals to make the perfect monster indie pop song you can dance to.
There's black humour and lightly-sketched political warnings, from the Bunuel-esque 'Art Snobs Solution', full of orchestrated pop, to 'Forecast Fascist Future' that sounds as if George Orwell dictated '1984' at the head of a beat combo. The latter song has some of the best of his wordplay, as he describes how "boredom murders the heart of our age/ as sanguinary creeps take the stage". Further variety comes in the pastoral elegy of dreamy electronica that is 'I Was A Landscape In Your Dream', while 'October is Eternal' sound likes an operatic soundtrack to an epic movie.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunlandic shines 13 April 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hear ye, hear ye -- "The Sunlandic Twins" is the best album that Of Montreal has made in ages. In past years they've dipped more into electro-dancepop. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it just didn't seem as good as the old days, when Kevin Barnes and Co. performed folky, innocent indiepop.

But in this charming concept album, the band's early twee music is married to the more recent electropop. The result: what Barnes calls an electropop opera. "Sunlandic Twins" opens on a strong instrumental note, but hits its groove with songs like "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games," a fun little poppy tune given a few electronic flourishes.

That trippy twee trend continues throughout the album, broken by a few vivid dance tracks, sunny jangle-pop, a charming ballad or two, and some experimental numbers. Even a few songs that boldly go where Of Montreal hasn't gone before: "The Repudiated Immortals" seamlessly blends piano with electronic beats and vocal harmonies. Cow bells, catchy riffs, electronic flourishes and some very odd strings add quirk value.

"The Sunlandic Twins" is a bit different from previous Of Montreal albums, though. This time around, Kevin Barnes played most of the instruments, sang in his Beatlesy voice, wrote the songs, and produced the album too. The only thing he didn't do seems to be the quirky cover art. In other words, Of Montreal basically IS Barnes.

One thing about Of Montreal that never changes is their abstract acid-poetry. Even the titles are glorious weird: "Death of a Shade of a Hue," "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" and "The Repudiated Immortals." Not to mention the lyrics, which will sprain your brain if you try to decipher them. Just enjoy the nonsensical prettiness of them: "Let's pretend we don't exist; let's pretend we're in Antarctica..."

There's also a four-song EP accompanying the album proper. There's nothing too different about this EP, with its catchy pop melodies and weird lyrics; it merely sounds like an extension of "Sunlandic Twins." Maybe all these songs wouldn't fit on one disc.

"The Sunlandic Twins" continues the trend of trippy, sunny psych-pop for listeners who don't mind a spoonful of sugar (or two, or three) with their music.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOA. 7 Dec 2005
By E. A. Ramsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
okay, I'm sure my review will hold no water/weight/whatever here, but this is probably the most fantastic album of 2005 and certainly my favorite of Of Montreal's. it has been literally stuck in my head/ears/cd player for over a month, and that's just special.

pee.ess. it makes me dance and I HATE DANCING... therefore if an album can make me enjoy dancing, it MUST be good.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionallly Tastefullll 1 Dec 2006
By Kyle Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I would absolutely reccomend such a brilliant masterpiece of an album. The first of the band's albums I've listened to all the way through and fell in love with. To this day it is still my favorite album. It mixes the pshychadelic feel of the 60's with the feel good dance beats in the 70's and incorporates many 80's new wave synths in such a brilliant way all wrapped in a very modern hip innovative sound. All aspects are wonderful. The lyrics are so catchy and thoughtful and just a joy to hear. I would strongly urge you to buy this album now! Disregard the reviews on here putting the album down because THE ALBUM ROCKS.

No more explaining and reading reviews go and purchase it and see for yourself...you will fall in love!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty 19 April 2005
By B. M. Kunz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For most other bands The Sunlandic Twins would be a great album, but for Of Montreal it is simply a good one. It does not quite live up to the promise and fulfillment of Satanic Panic In the Attic, nor does it delight and marvel as Of Montreal's epic pop masterpiece Coquelicot Asleep In the Poppies does. Nevertheless, The Sunlandic Twins is a singular effort, and not exactly like any of the other releases in the band's ever growing catalogue of pop gems. As with Satanic... Kevin Barnes is a one man band on this release, and he packs the Sunlandic Twins with enough sugar coated synthesized goodies to give any dentist cause for alarm. From the infectious breakdown in Forecast Fascist Future (May we never go, go mental. May we always stay, stay gentle) which will linger on your lips like a jumbo jawbreaker, to the surprising dark pop of Oslo In the Summertime, The Sunlandic Twins is one tasty treat.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, yet familiar....brilliant 18 April 2006
By Gary Wise - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Heard these guys on a live set podcast with Nic Harcourt from KCRW, and got hooked. This quirky album sounds fresh and brand new, yet vaguely familiar. I hear a mash of the Beatles (was that a REAL mellotron??), TRex, Disco, XTC, Heaven 17, 10cc, Wow! REALLY catchy tunes with great lyrics & harmonies, interesting, original arrangements and a cheekiness you gotta admire. They'll skillfully stretch your sonic sensibilities, then pull you back into a comfort zone. Such a relief from the formulaic crud out there! Oh, and my "skip button" finger got a welcome rest!

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