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Teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer Jon Brion (Kanye West, Fiona Apple), of Montreal's mastermind Kevin Barnes traveled to famed Ocean Way Recording (Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra) to record False Priest, his self-professed masterpiece. False Priest is speaker-rattling heavy on the low end and features appearances by Janelle Monáe and Solange Knowles (Beyoncé's sister).
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 14, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B003U42ZLU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andrew Vice on September 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Of Montreal, well-known as the venting mechanism for one Kevin Barnes, is back with an LP of brand new material. Following in the vein of Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? and Skeletal Lamping, False Priest is an eclectic mix of funky indie pop and spazzy R&B jams. Of Montreal has changed significantly since its Beatles-esque first incarnation, the obvious turning point being Satanic Panic in the Attack, which was perhaps the first point at which Barnes successfully synthesized his varied tastes into an engaging and exciting piece of work. On Hissing Fauna, he chronicled his personal transformation through a difficult point in his life, coming out on the other side of The Past is a Grotesque Animal as the sexually empowered Georgie Fruit. He then gave full control to his fickle muse on Skeletal Lamping, a product with a handful of truly brilliant moments surrounded by schizophrenic fluff, which tends to play out a little too long and a little too obtuse to have staying power. Following Skeletal Lamping, False Priest sees Barnes scaling back his insanity, instead carefully dialing it in to hit on a compelling blend of creativity and precision, the latter of which was very much lacking from Skeletal Lamping.

Opener I Feel Ya' Stutter has some of the aforementioned schizo elements from Skeletal Lamping, but I think that as on Hissing Fauna, False Priest chronicles a transformation from Georgie Fruit back into a new hybrid character, someone with both the creativity and the pop sensibilities. Coquet Coquette has a bit of a Led Zeppelin stomp to it, which deep, billowing guitars and a driving rhythm section. The contributions of Janelle Monae and Solane Knowles on Enemy Gene and Sex Karma respectively are not to be overlooked.
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When I first listened to this album, I was bitterly disappointed. I am a huge fan of Of Montreal since Hissing Fauna. I have become even more fan since I have listened to their other work. But then come False Priest and for the first time I thought I would have to say that they or he (Barnes) produced something relatively bad. But then, I took on me to listen several times to the album. And oh jeez, what a good idea! This is perhaps not the best artistic work of Barnes but it is undoubtedly for me the most fun album I have listened in years. Many songs will just get your feet dancing, your voice singing and your head spinning. It is true that some lyrics are abstract to the extreme but somehow you can relate to them. Why? Because Barnes writes about life. Do not hesitate to spend some time with this record, you will never ever regret it!
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Some of my favorite records took awhile to grow on me. The same goes with False Priest. It is a sonically dense record that ages better with each listen. And yes, there are still hooks.

Since Of Montreal started shifting to a more glam-dance pop, their records have been somewhat uneven. Gems here and there, no doubt- but with False Priest they have finally achieved what they have building up to the last three records. It is a damn near perfect record, and possibly my favorite record of the last 10 years.

So do yourself a favor and pick this up.

And, as a sidenote, it is criminal "Sex Karma" wasn't the summer jam of 2010.
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Only Kevin Barnes could mix lyrics so dark and moving with quirky music. This album makes you want to dance and sing along with, and then you'll be smiling as you sing, "wish we weren't so complicated, wish you weren't so medicated..." I love every song on this album, but Godly Intersex makes me want to wrap myself in the music and never let it go. Love this album.
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The first time I came across Of Montreal was on genre hopper Janelle Monáe's "The Archandroid" album. They appear on the quirky "Make the bus" and that was enough to make me take note.

"False priest" runs along similar rails; quirky Indie Funk tunes set to groovy bass, tight harmonies and cryptic lyrics. The production is Hi Fi with live instrumentation for a full sound.

Monáe appears on the off kilter Disco of "Our riotous defects" and on "Enemy gene". Beyoncé's sister Solange continues to make interesting collaboration choices and appears on "Sex karma" (and gets likened to a playground) which segues seamlessly into the Funky "Girl named hello" (I love the song titles).

"Coquet coquette" starts with a machine gun spagetti western guitar riff and is incredibly catchy and groovy. "Godly intersex" is a midtempo organ-sprinkled number, "Like a tourist" is like a futuristic James Brown, while the spoken-word "Do you mutilate?" is sung in a Prince-style falsetto and takes a look at failings of religion. "False priest" is a wild and fun ride!
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Kevin Barnes made very clear that the schizophrenic Skeletal Lamping was simply an experiment, that its bipolar vignettes were over and done with. This may be true, but the soul and funk influences that Barnes dabbled in are now more prevalent than ever on of Montreal's electric tenth album, False Priest. Barnes also returns to recording primarily organic instruments for the first time since 2004's Satanic Panic In The Attic, and with the help of blockbuster producer Jon Brion, Priest is the band's fullest-sounding album to date. The wider sonic palette helps propel the polyrhythms and extended jams that drive stone cold grooves like "Girl Named Hello" and "I Feel Ya' Strutter." Moreover, the return to (relatively) normal song structure pays great dividends for Barnes, helping to rein in some of the more indulgent moments that occasionally bogged down Skeletal Lamping, though it sometimes remains a problem here. But for all the influences, no one's going to mistake this for a Curtis Mayfield record. This is still an of Montreal record through and through with all the one-man harmonies (particularly on album standout "Hydra Fancies") and psych-pop flourishes. Barnes even presents some of his most rock-oriented work in years on "Coquet Coquette" and "Famine Affair."

Yet what makes False Priest stand out among the band's discography isn't just its sound. Barnes' willingness to collaborate-not just with Brion but with like-minded vocalists Janelle Monáe and Solange-on what are primarily dancefloor-savvy numbers results in of Montreal's most playful record yet. Sure, like all oM records, anger and depression permeate the record (especially "Casualty Of You" and "Famine Affair," the latter of which plays like a sequel to Hissing Fauna`s "She's A Rejecter").
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