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Their breakthrough, "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?" catapulted the band to the upper echelon of indie stardom. The record landed on over thirty major year-end lists including Paste, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Associated Press, and sold over 100,000 copies. "Skeletal Lamping" also delivers. It's a complicated and dense thrill ride packed with slinky grooves. Unpredictable, unique, and epic. Includes 32-panel fold-out/pop-up art piece by David Barnes and Gemini Tactics. Double LP on 180 gram vinyl includes giant die-cut poster exclusive to the LP.

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B001D7VEAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Schuyler Corry on January 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing album, but a challenging one. The end of the very first track, "Nonpareil Of Favor," is three minutes of painful, cacophonous, mess, meant to represent Kevin Barnes's transition into alter ego "Georgie Fruit." Despite any possible artistic merit, it is so annoying that I actually edited the track end-time in iTunes.

Fortunately, things pick up after the end of the first track. "Lamping," what people call "spotlighting" in my neck of the woods, involves using a spotlight to stun and hunt nocturnal woodland critters; in "Skeletal Lamping" Barnes bravely airs his dirty laundry, spotlighting his innermost thoughts in a pornographic, yet poignant, musical collage. You may find yourself with a verse stuck in your head that is too dirty to sing in public. I catch more of the dense, literary lyrics on each listen. Eventually I revisited of Montreal's previous album, "Hissing Fauna" (which I had previously found underwhelming), to understand more of Kevin Barnes's lyrical "inner cosmology," that "has become too dense to navigate." Since then, my appreciation for that album has increased enormously.

Besides the lyrics--what does this album sound like? There is still a fair amount of synth-pop and disco, similar to recent albums, but "Skeletal Lamping" has much more piano, jangly funk, and falsetto crooning. I prefer the funkier vibe of this album to the synthetic/electronic feel of "Hissing Fauna." Most of the songs here are composed of two or three independent parts, similar to the Beatles' "Happiness Is a Warm Gun." Minus a few disjointed transitions, the album feels like a continuous dance mix (including a few slow numbers).
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on October 21, 2008
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This record is the musical equivalent of a transgender hipster knocking back equal doses of ecstasy and caffeine while freaking out to a haggard mash of trance and glam rock. Good news is, taken the right way, these things are all very, very good. Skeletal Lamping is a very enjoyable record and an admirable follow-up to the best-of-2007 Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Though there was virtually no way Barnes was going to topple his magnum opus a mere year-and-a-half later, he took an earnest stab at creating a record that at least outdoes its predecessor, even if it doesn't outshine it. If you want to spend all your time comparing Skeletal Lamping to Hissing Fauna, you're likely going to find it coming up rather short, but if you take the record on its own merits, you're likely to be very pleased with the output.

First and foremost, this is music on crack. Listening to this album the first time, you have virtually no idea when and where this record is going to go, so don't even bother trying to predict the hooks and shifts. If there is any one thing that Barnes is, it's a hook-writing robot from the future, sent back to our time to save the world from stale indie rock. This man can record 500 hooks per second, and Skeletal Lamping is no exception. When you've gotten through this monster a few times, you'll find it impossible not to sing along through many of the songs' fine moments, which do come up more often than the professional reviews would have you believe. I won't attempt to go through this album on a track-by-track basis, as it has something like 100 different song ideas held within this 15 track album. I would rather evacuate my ocular cavities with a melon baller while listening to N'Sync than try to take this album on one track at a time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adam Rechkemmer on October 21, 2008
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Let me first say that if you were to put this cd in and play it from start to finish, you will really have no idea where the songs start and where they finish. Just when you think there's an "actual" song, it will completely change tempo and key for the last 50 seconds. Such is the way of the new album, and like it or not, "Georgie Fruit" is in full-effect.

If you weren't a fan of "Hissing Fauna..." then I'm not sure you'd be into this album, but it's still worth a listen.

My one major grip with the record is the opener. It starts out fine and dandy for 2:05 seconds, but then it turns into a mess of dissonant chords and pretty much just awful noise... which would be tolerable for about 15 seconds, but instead it continues and intensifies for a FULL THREE MINUTES! If anything, that should be saved for the last song on the disc, but instead they make a terrible decision to start of the album that way. If I wasn't already an Of Montreal fan, I would've shut off the album immediately and probably wouldn't go back, which is unfortunate as I would've missed a lot.

While the songs are scatterbrained, there are plenty of psych-pop hooks and overdubbed vocals sprinkled throughout to keep you entertained. The song Wicked Wisdom starts out nice and funky, and doesn't disappoint through all the in-song changes. Even when the track slows down, the dynamic shift is quite memorable.

My favorite track is "An Eluardian Instance", as I am a big fan of the 'Satanic Panic...' and 'Sunlandic Twins...' albums, and this is the closest they come to that sound on this album. Great track.

Other highlight tracks are "Gallery Piece", with its poppy yet daring vocal melody and "St. Exquisite's Confessions", which features some great lyrics against a nice soft and easy tempo.

There are a few other great tracks here besides what I mentioned, so it's definitely worth a buy!
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