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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).

1. I Feel Ya' Strutter
2. Our Riotous Defects [ft. Janelle Monáe]
3. Coquet Coquette
4. Godly Intersex
5. Enemy Gene [ft. Janelle Monáe]
6. Hydra Fancies
7. Like a Tourist
8. Sex Karma [ft. Solange Knowles]
9. Girl Named Hello
10. Famine Affair
11. Casualty of You
12. Around the Way
13. You Do Mutilate?

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: #234,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By StephW on December 3, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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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By towercity on November 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I can see from the perspective of those who discovered of Montreal through Hissing Fauna or Sunlandic Twins might find this to be a peak work; it takes all the staples found in their recent work and puts them into an easily accessible pop record (not that any other of Montreal is not pop; oh god are they pop and oh god are they good at being it). The problem comes for people like me who were introduced to them through their earlier, more absurdist children's limerick style work. For example, Our Riotous Defects brings back the old style Kevin Barnes spoken word stuff, but instead of following a wonderful sort of dream logic like in earlier uses of the techniques, Barnes goes for cheap jokes about a crazy girl.

Of course, that all's just my personal bias. The fact is, maybe half of this album is full of finely crafted electro-pop with classic of Montreal bittersweet playful fun times seriousness. The problem comes in the filler: half the album is useless. As thecontrollersphere and Daughter of Cloud have shown, Barnes was writing many more better songs at the time of this release; he just didn't put them on the album. There lies the core problem of the album--it takes pains to risks. Other than the earlier mentioned Our Riotous Defects (which isn't much of a risk given that the risky technique is an old one) and You Do Mutilate? (which is both amazing and irritating at the same time, one of my favorite things about oM's current era), no song would be out of place on pop radio. Maybe their a bit more lush. And that sucks, cause if there's one thing you can say about Kevin Barnes at his worst is that he doesn't care if you get his music on first listen so long as he follows his Id.

That said, all the colabs on this rock.
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