5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2012
This is surely Of Montreal's finest hour that seems to be able to encompass all manner of sounds and influences into a coherent whole of experimental avante garde pop. One can hear traces of Bowie (Young Americans era), Captain Beefheart, Queen and contemporary classical composers such as Ligeti in the mix, though as a whole this could not be anyone except Of Montreal. Some reviewers (Pitchfork etc.) seem to be perplexed by the level of experimentation but isn't that what Of Montreal do best? In amongst the stunning sonic fireworks however are beautiful, catchy and sad pop songs about Kevin Barne's ongoing mental breakdown that manage to be both compelling and truly heartfelt. A brave and moving album.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2012
of Montreal always rank highly in my list of anticipated releases, whenever a new album is due to drop my pupils dilate, I salivate and become a totally irrational human being for a good months or so. So why have I been so quiet about this particular release? Well needless to say it all feels like a 2nd rate release from the ho hum singles, lack of hype and general lack of interest from even the biggest of of Montreal fans this album sort of sunk without a trace & when I finally did get the chance to hear it... it was quite easy to see why. I've loved of Montreal Mach 2 and everything they've done to varying degrees & I personally thought the Prince Funk Pop inspired 'False Priest' was amongst their very best albums, however this album doesn't sit right... it's all over the place and rarely holds an idea down but not in the strange and hypnotic way Skeletal Lamping did..... this album is trying to find a new voice and I respect it for trying but this album doesn't leave an impression of any kind and that's really worrying from a band that prides it's self on grabbing peoples attention, this isn't a weak album it's just down right bad.