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Paralytic Stalks (LP+MP3)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 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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  • Vinyl (February 7, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B006HH62GQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. Ye, Renew the Plaintiff
7. Wintered Debts
8. Exorcismic Breeding Knife
9. Authentic Pyrrhic Remission

Editorial Reviews

The 2012 full-length from of Montreal, Paralytic Stalks sees Kevin Barnes writing with a lyrical and musical direction that is infinitely more personal than anything he has written since 2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Each track feeds off the last in what seems a singular album-long movement that never allows you to rip your ears away. Paralytic Stalks at times resembles modern classical with its intricate compositions, while at others echoes of neo-prog, pseudo-country, and 60s pop. Available on 180-gram vinyl, CD and digital.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By icicle
Format:Audio CD
This is has got to be the best album to come out of 2012 so far, and, in my not-so-humble opinion, pretty much overshadows almost every other pop album released over the last entire year (although the term 'pop album' is barely justifiable). Do yourself a favor: buy it. Listen to it over and over again until Kevin Barnes' voice drives your emotions over a cliff and into the haunting abyss that is his mind. Paralytic Stalks offers an even darker glimpse into Barnes' psyche, seeming to reach even farther into the depths than on False Priest or Skeletal Lamping. It holds true to their seductive sweetness, while drenching us in an electronic hell of sonic existential horror that is unparalleled in its sheer musical and emotional depth by what other pop artists of our time are passing off as entertainment. Settling for anything less than the quality of this work is to be both held prisoner by your own complacency and to be deprived of something truly beautiful.

"Dour Percentage" is an immediate hit for those expecting a progression of sorts from False Priest's sound, although the whole album has a more organic feel, with its flute and sax arrangements. As always, there are hooks everywhere, but they feel increasingly often as if they're being pulled like teeth right out of my skull. "Wintered Debts" is one of the catchiest damn lyrical see-saws my brain has ever had the pleasure of being hijacked on, but it takes some serious work to wrap your mind around before the addiction sets in. "We Will Commit Wolf Murder", immersing our ears in another one of Barnes' brilliant vocal layering exercises, is yet another treasure, which didn't occur to me to begin with; these songs always take me a good five or six listens to even begin to appreciate. Don't give up on them; some are an acquired taste.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks February 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It was sometime around the third or fourth extended coda, amidst buzzsaw guitar riffs, cheesy sci-fi space effects, the jarring tonal shifts and the occasional burst of fire alarm noise, that I resigned myself to a particular fact: Kevin Barnes is never going to change. Or, to put it another way - he's always going to change, usually with a middle finger aimed in the general direction of his last record. And really, there's no incentive for him to rein himself in: ever since The Sunlandic Twins of Montreal has become a one-man show, and certainly no one is holding their breath waiting for Polyvinyl to edit their biggest draw. So it is that we get an album like Paralytic Stalks, one that is as sprawling, egomaniacal and bat**** insane as any Barnes has put down. This lack of an editor is what leads to a song like the divisive "Exorcismic Breeding Knife," a song so obviously anti-commercial and contrary to what of Montreal have built their sound on that it's less an actual song and more a referendum on just how far Barnes can go nowadays before people bat an eye. Chances are this one won't be on an Outback commercial anytime soon.

Make no mistake - this is nothing new for Barnes. Sure, he has been talking up 20th century minimalism in interviews - Penderecki, Ives, Schoenberg - but those are just convenient touchstones for an increasingly out-there experimentalism that has been a recurring theme in late-period of Montreal: Hissing Fauna's "The Past is a Grotesque Animal;" "You Do Mutilate" off of 2010's False Priest; the scattershot framework of Skeletal Lamping. The difference between those songs and "Exorcismic Breeding Knife," though, is the latter's utter lack of purpose.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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MY GOD!!! This album is just SOOO real. Too real for some of you apparently. Like someone else previously said, Georgie Fruit has left the stage. I feel like the emotionality/angst that Kevin projected into that character have been brought back to their rightful home: his own head, body, and experience. I love every song on this album. For me personally, it's like a reflection of my life, and dare I go so far as to say, our generation as a whole. He just captures it. He gets it. It's like Skeletal Lamping has grown. Not grown up, but grown. I could go on and on, but the fact is this is the best album of 2012 so far. Other than skeletal Lamping, it's one of my most favorite of Montreal albums. I like the psychedelic spree stuff too, don't get me wrong, but this is just such a well executed, artistic expression of what our generation is going through and what we've came from I don't know how you cannot like it unless you're just not in touch (or comfortable) with yourself. I love that he had the gaul to make this. I've been waiting on something just like this, and didn't even know it. It' fun, it's beautiful, it's angry,it's poppy, it's jazzy, and i love it! Get it! Listen to it, and try to understand what he was attempting to convey. Don't put your expectations before the simple act of just listening to receive what he's trying to give you. Do it! Damn, album just ended and yes, I got a little sad about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This album continues to display Of Montreals thriving dynamism and Kevin Barnes expected quirkiness. After reading a few reviews I wasn't expecting to really enjoy this as much as I did, but I feel constantly compelled to play it, and am truly loving it even more than I did albums like Hissing Fauna and Satanic Panic... this is a great album full of dark corners, sharp turns and blissful freakiness. Don't miss it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album well worth the work
I have been a fan of Of Montreal since The Sunlandic Twins and this is, in my opinion, Kevin Barnes' best work. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Going from beatles worship, to odd pop to progressive and avantgarde,...
this thing is a monster. from the first 5 tracks that you can see parallels with of montreals previous works, paralytic stalks expands on that continuing with the incredibly... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant piece of work from Barnes once again.
I totally recommend having a listen especially if you are already familiar with of Montreal. Dour Percentage and Malefic Dowery is ear candy of the sweetest kind. Read more
Published 21 months ago by WishfulSinful
3.0 out of 5 stars They are still weird
Like I said of Montreal is of Montreal. Weird, always have been, always will be. Another disc of similar sounding trippy tracks that no matter how many times you listen don't make... Read more
Published 22 months ago by CheshireKat
5.0 out of 5 stars A logical next step from skeletal lamping
I must say that I love that album although its' structure equally frustrates me, I felt somewhat prepared for it due to my love for the Fiery Furnaces second album "Blueberry... Read more
Published 23 months ago by alex bushman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Montreal Album, so far!
I've been an of Montreal (Yes, it's a lower-cased 'of') fan for many years now. Kevin Barnes (and the gang) never fail to surprise me -- always filling my ears with fresh... Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by karot joose
4.0 out of 5 stars The Drama Queen and the Psychotic Orchestra
Kevin Barnes is that one friend that we all have that talks a mile a minute. He has a million ideas. He has a "great idea" on the hour, every hour. Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by J. Hubner
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid
Other reviews have pretty much stated how I feel about this album, but I wanted to weigh in. I was somewhat worried about the direction they were heading because I didn't like the... Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by P. Glynn
3.0 out of 5 stars hmmm...
Paralytic Stalks isn't anything like the Of Montreal I remember from 8 years ago when they were whipping out creative vocal melody and instrumentally diverse pop songs left and... Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the achievment
Georgie Fruit leaves center stage and Kevin Barnes takes his place. I, for one, am happy for the change up. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Daniel Y Rhyne
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