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lousy with sylvianbriar

October 8, 2013

Song Title
Fugitive Air
Obsidian Currents
Belle Glade Missionaries
Sirens of Your Toxic Spirit
Triumph of Disintegration
Amphibian Days
She Ain't Speakin' Now
Hegira Émigré
Raindrop in My Skull
Imbecile Rages

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  • Original Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • Copyright: 2013 Polyvinyl
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  • Total Length: 45:29
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  • ASIN: B00FE8VIG8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Barnes is back with a beautiful album! October 8, 2013
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Kevin Barnes is back with a beautiful album!
My daughter and I have been listening to of Montreal since Cherry Peel. We have loved many albums along the way. It is shocking how many times this band has changed; although we cherish "Cherry Peel" and "Hissing Fauna, are You the Destroyer?" these albums have nothing in common. We were disappointed by the cryptic and ugly music from "False Priest", "Paralytic Stalks" and "Skeletal Lamping".
"Lousy with Sylvianbriar" is different from the of Montreal albums before it, but it is not a reinvention like previous records: "The Gay Parade", "Satanic Panic in the Attic", and "Hissing Fauna are You the Destroyer?" were distinct mutations.
"Lousy with Sylvianbriar" is the only of Montreal album that fuses their different eras. For this reason, "Lousy with Sylvianbriar" is a major event. This album is a joy to hear from beginning to end.
I read in a statement from the band that The Flying Burrito Brothers, Neil Young, and The Grateful Dead influence the sound of this album. I disagree. There is a slight Burrito-twang at times, but it feels like an afterthought; not at all important to the shape of these songs. This album was influenced by 3 or 4 different incarnations of Kevin Barnes.
Listen to this album now and don't stop!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Barnes kickin' it old school October 8, 2013
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If you're a longtime fan of Kevin Barnes and his band of merry pranksters known as Of Montreal, then you also know that the guy changes up his sound about every three months. It seems that within just a month or two of releasing a record that he's giving an interview saying he's going in a completely different direction with the next album. Barnes has done twee pop/folk, Beatles-esque 60s pop, confessional lo-fi indie electronic, 70s funk, and even modern avante garde classical. They're all hats that have oddly enough fit his head pretty well(some better than others.) After last year's dense and difficult Paralytic Stalks Barnes decided to get back to basics with Of Montreal and go with some late-60s rock n' roll. The result is Lousy With Sylvianbriar, an album filled with touches of Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and of course Of Montreal.

Barnes is the indie rock Prince. He can play pretty much anything, and has recorded all of the Of Montreal albums by himself since the mid-2000s. Lousy With Sylvianbriar is different in that Barnes went into the studio and recorded live with a full band, and recorded straight to tape. The results are stunning. There's a crispness to the tracks that hasn't been there in the past. Opener "Fugitive Air" is a rowdy rock n' roll number that would've fit just right on Exile On Main Street. On last year's Paralytic Stalks the highlight track was the sublime "Wintered Debts", which featured pedal steel guitar. The pedal steel must've made an impression on Barnes as the instrument is scattered throughout Lousy With Sylvianbriar with great results. There's an air of dirtied up rock n' roll, courtesy of Muscle Shoals on this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness Of Montreal is back in my heart. October 11, 2013
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I am not prepared to leave a huge examination of Of Montreal in this review, but what I have to say is heartfelt. I have listened to Hissing Fauna..., Skeletal Lamping and False Priest so much my ears have bled and I loved every minute of the craziness! in later releases I have been confused and left looking for something redeeming to grab a hold of.

Two songs into Lousy with Sylvianbriar I feel like a long lost friend has come home. I have no idea what the name of the album or even the lyrics mean, but I welcome the beautiful harmony and the seemingly open view into the heart of a musician.

Thanks for making it simple for once.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Barnes' intuition for synthesis pays off December 12, 2013
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At the risk of uttering heresy, I think of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes may be the indie generation's David Bowie. In its upper registers, Barnes' voice recalls none other than Ziggy Stardust, especially in a live setting. And like the Thin White Duke, he's made a career out of a flamboyant, borderline menacing stage show and a dazzling musical chameleonism, capable of the twisted Toy Town pop of 1999's The Gay Parade, the electro-indie-psych funhouse of 2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, and everything in-between. So when Lousy with Sylvianbriar (2013) opens with a blast of slide guitar straight off Exile on Main Street, it may not be what we've come to expect from of Montreal, but that's par for the course.

Leaving the claustrophobic insularity of recent efforts behind, Barnes decamped to San Francisco to record this latest record more or less live on a 24-track. The decision makes sense, as this new material draws heavily on the kinds of records that would've been recorded the same way back in the day. "Triumph of Disintegration" invites those Bowie comparisons, with a bitchy glam chorus straight out of 1972. Elsewhere "Sirens of Your Toxic Spirit" recalls John Lennon at his most melancholic ("Julia," "Oh My Love"), "Amphibian in My Skull" echoes the classic country-rock sounds of Neil Young, and "Hegira Émigré" brings to mind Bob Dylan c. 1965. of Montreal's penchant for stylistic whiplash is still in evidence throughout. But it's more muted; like the recording process, the songs themselves are more straightforward, and so in many ways more accessible and emotionally satisfying than much of the band's more convoluted work.

Lyrically, Barnes is as smart and as biting as ever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this bands great, and this is yet another reason why
I swear, when Of Montreal is at the top of their game, *nobody* can come within ten thousand miles of these guys in terms of memorable songwriting, strong vocal melodies, honest... Read more
Published 9 days ago by B. E Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars It's just so drab.
I used to love of Montreal, but the last couple of albums haven't been the same. THIS one is by far the worst. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. A. Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice beats
I already have a few favorite tracks. This band is always evolving. if you're a fan of of Montreal, this album won't disappoint.
Published 1 month ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2013
A steal at $3.99! Of Montreal has produced some good tracks, but usually tried a little too hard and couldn't keep my attention for the entire album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This album reminds me of so many classic bands, gets better the more you listen to it. # ear candy
Published 3 months ago by steve
4.0 out of 5 stars different but good
This album has a different feel than some of the past few releases, but it reminds me of some of their older music which is nice.
Published 3 months ago by benjamin devere
5.0 out of 5 stars The package promises and old friend and doesn't disappoint.
Great album. Great presentation. The packaging perfectly reflects the influences contained within. This album feels like a modernized take on the Easy Rider soundtrack fused with a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr Wilder
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting turn for Of Montreal
I would go as far to say this album is NOTHING like any of their previous albums. But, if you know anything about of Montreal, wouldn't really surprise you :)

Kevin... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. J. Kush
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, too many words.
Let me caveat this by first saying that I listen to this album all the time. I love it. IMHO it's one of the best Of Montreal albums ever. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jungle NYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, powerful imagery
This might be my favorite Of Montreal album yet. It's the sonic equivalent of a Wes Anderson movie: quirky, smart, a little retro, funny, disturbing, and ultimately haunting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alexis Hidell
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