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MP3 Music, November 22, 2003
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There aren't too many clunker songs on this CD, which makes it very listenable from beginning to end. Even the lower quality songs like Isn't it Nice? and A Question for Emily Foreman have charm. What holds me back from giving this album the 5 star rating and my highest recommendation is the lack of some truly brilliant songs. Doing Nothing could be a pop hit if Of Montreal ever wanted that kind of thing, and Kid Without Claws brings me back for repeated listens. They just don't set off bells in my head like some of their better songs from earlier CDs.
That said, Aldhils Arboretum is worth buying for existing fans and those drawn by their curiosity.Read more ›
Songs like the humorus "Blank Husband", "Isn't it Nice?", "Emily" and most of the songs are off-beat pop songs, some are enhanced with horns and cello. All in all, Kevin and Of Montreal rock too. Lots of catchy songs. Definitely worth the ten bucks it is here. Oh yeah, neat artwork too, not too much but it look looks great.
The songs here, in perfect Kevin Barnes style, are still as sweet, colorful, and twisty as licorice whips. But where their last few albums utilized crates of Crayola color, making each song fan out like fractal "oil puddles in taffeta patterns" (to steal a line from Joni Mitchell), the songs on this record are leaner, colored with fewer crayons, pressing harder. This is an aggressively guitar-and-buzzing-organ oriented record, and easily their most "rock". The conceptual ideas of the last few records have also been shed, giving the record a somewhat haphazard, random feel, lacking the strong collective identities of "The Gay Parade" or "Coquelicot." That said, the absence of an overarching story brings the individual songs more into focus, and these are some of the greatest songs they've come up with yet.
I was a bit taken aback by some of the lyrics on this record, particularly "Old People in the Cemetary." It's a good song, but an unusually mean-spirited and condescending missive from a normally good-natured and open-hearted songwriter. The lyrics of "Isn't it Nice?Read more ›
An album that reminds me of The Apples In Stereo and of the "Magical Mystery Tour" couldn't be bad, and it isn't.
Although a friend of mine disparaged this as a Beatles ripoff, 60s pop influences don't make it that. Instead it is an intelligent album that is definitely one of the top 10 of the year.
Give "Aldhils Arboretum" and Of Montreal a chance.
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The one side was sratched. Was for grandson for Christmas. Record was defective. This is disappointibg. Thought merchant were be more respectable witg the quality.Published on January 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Aldhils Arboretum is of Montreal's perfect album. There isn't a single song on this album that you will skip when listening to it. Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by C. Dennis
Ofcourse the albums that everyone knows Of Montreal for are, Satanic panic, the long concept album which i cant remember the name of, Sunlandic Twins. Those are the "hot" albums. Read morePublished on March 14, 2006
If you like good music then buy this album. It is definatley one of my favorites. In my opinion this album is right up there with dark side of the moon. Read morePublished on February 15, 2006 by David Hill
More acoustic giutar's used on this album but it doesn't take away. These songs are as great as all of there other stuff but it feels like this CD is more at heart especially with... Read morePublished on September 1, 2005 by Steve Stokl
Elephant 6 band Of Montreal is at its best when they make goofy, quirky concept albums, or at the very least weird songs that make you wish you had whatever they're smoking. Read morePublished on January 25, 2005 by EA Solinas
Elephant 6 band Of Montreal is at its best when they make goofy, quirky concept albums, or at the very least weird songs that make you wish you had whatever they're smoking. Read morePublished on November 30, 2004 by EA Solinas
Kevin and David Barnes, the musician and the artist, respectively, have put together many fun, artsy, pop albums. Aldhils Arboretum is more of the same. Read morePublished on June 30, 2003 by Blackberries