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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 (August 19, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B0000048F5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2005
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Of Montreal sprang into existance with their debut "Cherry Peel," but they might as well have called it "All You Need Is Love." It has cheery pop melodies and offbeat lyrics, but the most noticeable thing is the focus on love -- especially hearts-and-flowers, pounding-heart love.

It opens with "Everything Disappears When You Come Around," a charming acoustic ballad that is either really sweet or really disturbing, depending on how you feel about vanishing ears and headless birds. The vibe continues in songs like the electronic-tinged "I Can't Stop Your Memory," the rollicking "Don't Ask Me To Explain" and bizarre "Sleeping in the Beetle Bug."

The second half opens with a peculiar friendship/love ode that begins, "Tim, wish you were born a girl,/So I could've been your boyfriend." What follows is a mishmash of melancholy laments ("You looked in my eyes,/Then said, "I'm so sorry") and puppy-love songs, ending with the lines: "You've got a special gift./Do you see how you're changing the world/just by hanging around?" It doesn't get much more enchanting than that.

Love is something that seeps into almost every Of Montreal albums -- love, kissing, lovers, and relationships that either bloom or slowly decline. "Cherry Peel" is mostly on that subject, although it does dip into feel-good ditties here and there ("No matter how you died through winter,/In spring you're born again,/Your life might not be going good,/But spring helps you to pretend.")

The Elephant 6 bands are known for having a sort of sixties vibe. "Cherry Peel" has the sunniness from the best of the sixties pop, along with the sparkling multilayered melodies. But the musical tinkering is too sparse compared to their later work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tygermilk@hotmail.com on April 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
quite minimalist in production; quite genius in melodic orchestration; brilliant songwriting-pop music has never heard such harmonic and intelligent melodies....as quoted by a friend, "very clever." stranded on a desert island with this would be heaven.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "kyyp" on April 29, 2003
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Of Montreal's first, and still their best, "Cherry Peel" is an indie pop delight like none other. Though parts of the album are weaker, and it winds down near the end, Kevin Barnes' frank writings on the meaning of love (especially the puppy love of crushes) and the band's flawless pop style makes up for their shortcomings. It is dissapointing that Of Montreal will probably never make an album on this subject again, but on the other hand they don't really need to. If any song has ever captured the meaning of brief love, it's "Baby" and if any song has ever got down exactly how it is to be unsure about another's feelings and thus having a hard time sorting out your own, it's "Don't Ask Me to Explain".
It opens with a simple, but characteristically strange love song, "Everything Dissapears When You Come Around", and it never leaves it's core themes. And there's nothing wrong with that. It'd be a classic if it weren't for some of the later songs and the unfortunate fact that the cheap recording equipment mars the album's beauty at times. Still, I have to say you should pick it up.
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By Zelie Nic on November 22, 2008
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This is an early Of Montreal album. I usually divide the existence of the band into three parts: Early (poppy, twee); Mid (a short experimental, vaudville like period); and Late (the drum machine years).

While I love all of the approaches Of Montreal has taken, it is this album and Satanic Panic in the Attic which first got me to stop, listen, and worship this idiosyncratic music. No two songs are really alike in this album, and each and everyone of them is an absolute gem that is quirky, fun, and catchy. "When You're Loved Like You Are" has strong harmonies and a 1920's feel to me.

I think everyone's favourite song off this album though, would have to be "Don't Ask Me to Explain."

Listen to soem samples. I would highly suggest purchasing the album if you find yourself even remotely interested because Of Montreal's songs have so much more, and are so unexpected, that a thirty second sample can't hope to capture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1998
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This disc is a must have for fans of Beatles, Beach Boys, Apples In Stereo, etc.. My favorite in 1997.
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this is a gorgeous record...it's hard to believe i've owned it for 5 years because i still keep listening to it. i think the reason is the songs have a timeless quality to them--ignore what people say about a "sixties" influence, these songs could have been written in 1920 or last week, and it wouldn't matter. it's pop at its best, but there are elements of waltzes and quasi-jazz here as well. essentially, it's folk music as written by burt bachrach, or better yet, quit comparing them to others and just enjoy. this stuff is great. and your girlfriend will like it too!
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