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Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies

of MontrealAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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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 (May 8, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kindercore/Telegraph
  • ASIN: B00005BGVI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Morning Mr. Edminton
2. Peacock Parasols
3. Look At The Bell (Andy Instructs The Turkish Moths To Acquire Him More Bells Or Else...)
4. An Introduction For Isabell
5. Let's Do Everything For The First Time Forever
6. Coquelicot's Tea Party
7. Rose Robert
8. It's A Very Starry Night
9. Mimi Merlot
10. Butterscotching Mr. Lynn
11. Coquelicot, Claude And Lecithin Dance Aboard The Ocean Liner
12. Go Call You Mine
13. The Events Leading Up To The Collapse Of Detective Dullight
14. Penelope
15. A Dreamy Day Of Daydreaming Of You
16. Hello From Inside A Shell (Zombies Enter The Harbor)
17. Lecithin's Tale Of A DNA Experiment That Went Horribly Awry
18. It's Just So
19. The Frozen Island
20. Upon Settling On The Frozen Island, Lecithin Presents Claude And Coquelicot With His Animal Creations For Them To Approve Or Reject (The Rejected Inventions Walk Towards The Reverse Magnetitizer)
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This Athens collective has built its career on high concepts and low budgets, emerging with a string of indie-pop operas. However, Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse outstrips even the band's own ambitions. A year and a half in the making, Coquelicot features 22 pieces ranging from loopy spoken-word snippets to literally Beatles-esque baroque pop, and it concludes with an 18-minute piano epic ("The Hopeless Opus"). This is the sound of the Bonzo Dog Band strolling woozily through strawberry fields, spinning tall tales and greeting passersby all the way. That they succeed without embarrassing themselves or their listeners is a testament to their sheer talent. There's a vague, loose concept at work here, but don't worry too much about following it: the band members themselves admit that they weren't going for a straight narrative. You'll want to let Coquelicot unfold in its own roundabout way and follow its oddly affecting musical path. The deluxe packaging includes two inserts and plenty of curious psychedelic artwork. --Mike Appelstein

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Words are not sufficient to describe the glorious poppy weirdness of Of Montreal's "Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse." While this band is on the second string of Elephant 6 bands, it's among the best ones -- upbeat, surreal, whimsical and gloriously peculiar.

It opens with the perky piano-pop "Good Morning Mr. Endminton" and follows up with the tinkling "Peacock Parasols" and eerie acoustic-guitar "Look at the Bell." The perky bouncy pop angle is taken care of by songs like the rollicking "Introduction to Isabell" and the bizarre, funny "Rose Robert," and the sparkling instrumental number "Coquelicot, Claude and Lecithin Dance Aboad the Ocean Liner," which is only a minute long. "Mimi Merlot" is one of the most entertaining songs, ending with the unique line, "Mimi Merlot you're the most convincingly non-fictitious character that I know."

But chirrupy pop is not all Of Montreal has to offer. Quieter songs are mixed in as well, like the surreally romantic "Let's Do Everything for the First Time," the sweet string ballad "It's a Very Starry Night," and the sprawling, mood-swinging piano-led epic -- clocking in at eighteen minutes -- "Hopeless Opus or the Great Battle of the Unfriendly Ridiculous," which even offers a nudge-wink homage to fellow band Marshmallow Coast.

There are also a couple of mildly experimental songs -- "Upon Settling on the Frozen Island, Lecithin Presents Claude and Coquelicot with his Animal Creations" has nothing but women's voices cooing "Oh yes! Oh yes!" with men replying mournfully "Oh no! Oh no!" There are slurps, silly high-pitched singing, wails, and whispers about pornographic mags.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *drool* October 6, 2002
By Heather
Format:Audio CD
This is the single most amazing piece of physical matter in the known universe. Listening to the wonderfully pleasurable music on this CD makes me so very giddy. Not only are the lyrics so delightfully superb, but the quality of the music is just so grand. If you are a fan of happiness, I would suggest that you buy several copies of this CD. And oh, they couldn't just stop at an incredible CD, but they have to add a booklet of drawings to go along with each song and a fold out poster containing all the lyrics, making it franticly simple to memorize every single word. i just sit around in ecstasy and listen to the absurdly awesome piano opus that flies for 18 minutes at the end of the glorious masterpiece that is this CD. The quality of all the music makes me pass out and have lovely dreams of beautiful things. And I love the wide range of musical instruments: everything from guitars, pianos, cellos, violins, clarinets, and xylophones, to toy pianos and voices through swinging hoses. I can't express how much this CD has made the world a more pleasant place to have to exist in. I'll just suggest that you purchase it, and give it a test drive. Regret is thoroughly unlikely.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Had a real hard time with this one June 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I don't mind music challenging me, but this one just never paid off. There's some great songs here such as "Penelope" and "Day Dareaming of You" and even "The Event's Leading..."

This album is a collection of oddities that piece together. I don't know what they're supposed to form once whole. There was also a lack of "tightness" within the songs. I just had a hard time with it. I have everything else Of Montreal has done so far, and I love each albums (even the Early 4-Track Collection).

If you're debating between this and another Of Montreal album, I'd recommend you skip this one unless you're very adventurous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Words are not sufficient to describe the glorious poppy weirdness of Of Montreal's "Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse." While this band is on the second string of Elephant 6 bands, it's among the best ones -- upbeat, surreal, whimsical and gloriously peculiar.

It opens with the perky piano-pop "Good Morning Mr. Endminton" and follows up with the tinkling "Peacock Parasols" and eerie acoustic-guitar "Look at the Bell." The perky bouncy pop angle is taken care of by songs like the rollicking "Introduction to Isabell" and the bizarre, funny "Rose Robert," and the sparkling instrumental number "Coquelicot, Claude and Lecithin Dance Aboad the Ocean Liner," which is only a minute long. "Mimi Merlot" is one of the most entertaining songs, ending with the unique line, "Mimi Merlot you're the most convincingly non-fictitious character that I know."

But chirrupy pop is not all Of Montreal has to offer. Quieter songs are mixed in as well, like the surreally romantic "Let's Do Everything for the First Time," the sweet string ballad "It's a Very Starry Night," and the sprawling, mood-swinging piano-led epic -- clocking in at eighteen minutes -- "Hopeless Opus or the Great Battle of the Unfriendly Ridiculous," which even offers a nudge-wink homage to fellow band Marshmallow Coast.

There are also a couple of mildly experimental songs -- "Upon Settling on the Frozen Island, Lecithin Presents Claude and Coquelicot with his Animal Creations" has nothing but women's voices cooing "Oh yes! Oh yes!" with men replying mournfully "Oh no! Oh no!" There are slurps, silly high-pitched singing, wails, and whispers about pornographic mags.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, ambitious and admirable
First of all, this record was not what I expected. Not your typical indie record. Absent is the guitar distortion and hipster irony we come to expect from such artists. Read more
Published on May 7, 2009 by A. Chute
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful album for everyone
Coquelicot is a great album for everyone. If you're going to only listen to one of Montreal album, make sure it is this one. Read more
Published on July 18, 2008 by Seth
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite from Of Montreal
Like a lot of people, I didn't become aware of the wonderful Of Montreal until The Sunlandic Twins erupted on the indie scene. Read more
Published on March 12, 2008 by Erik Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly artistic and available aardvarkery
I'm surprised this is the first I've heard of this band...and to overstate things a bit, my pessimism may never be the same. Read more
Published on September 30, 2007 by Noel Pratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Great Got It
On first listen I thought "...man,this is so stupid?" but as soon as the second listen came around it was just off the hook crazy good, I don't know why I changed my mind like that... Read more
Published on September 1, 2005 by Steve Stokl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album!
My personal fav. - Let's Go For A Walk

So touching.

All of the songs are great actually.

Funny, miniature stories, too.
Published on June 7, 2005 by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Concept (Album)!
This album is Of Montreal's Concept Piece, and it works quite effectively for about half an hour, then starts to grate a little. Read more
Published on May 8, 2005 by jon hay
5.0 out of 5 stars The Superproduced Psychedelic Poppy Circus
Of all of the Elephant 6 related bands, this is the best, with this album besting all of them. I've owned this record for a couple years, and after the first three listens I got a... Read more
Published on June 5, 2004 by Nathaniel J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superproduced Psychedelic Pop
Of all of the Elephant 6 related bands, this is the best, with this album besting all of them. I've owned this record for a couple years, and after the first three listens I got a... Read more
Published on June 5, 2004 by Nathaniel J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Putting the Satan back in Santa Monica!
The best metal record in a decade. This album makes me want to drink soy milk and get in shape like Rocky. Read more
Published on May 11, 2003 by "billy_automobile"
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