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Sunlandic Twins

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The CD version will come with a four song bonus E.P. that includes the songs 'Art Snob Solutions', 'The Actor's Opprobrium', 'Keep Sending Me Black Fireworks' & 'Everyday Feels Like Sunday'. Polyvinyl. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Requiem For O.M.M.2
  2. I Was Never Young
  3. Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games
  4. Forecast Fascist Future
  5. So Begins Our Alabee
  6. Our Spring Is Sweet Not Fleeting
  7. The Party's Crashing Us
  8. Knight Rider
  9. I Was A Landscape In Your Dream
  10. Death Of A Shade Of A Hue
  11. Oslo In The Summertime
  12. October Is Eternal
  13. The Repudiated Immortals

Disc: 2

  1. Art Snob Solutions
  2. The Actor's Opprobrium
  3. Keep Sending Me Black Fireworks
  4. Everyday Feels Like Sunday


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B0007X9TUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2005
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Hear ye, hear ye -- "The Sunlandic Twins" is the best album that Of Montreal has made in ages. In past years they've dipped more into electro-dancepop. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it just didn't seem as good as the old days, when Kevin Barnes and Co. performed folky, innocent indiepop.

But in this charming concept album, the band's early twee music is married to the more recent electropop. The result: what Barnes calls an electropop opera. "Sunlandic Twins" opens on a strong instrumental note, but hits its groove with songs like "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games," a fun little poppy tune given a few electronic flourishes.

That trippy twee trend continues throughout the album, broken by a few vivid dance tracks, sunny jangle-pop, a charming ballad or two, and some experimental numbers. Even a few songs that boldly go where Of Montreal hasn't gone before: "The Repudiated Immortals" seamlessly blends piano with electronic beats and vocal harmonies. Cow bells, catchy riffs, electronic flourishes and some very odd strings add quirk value.

"The Sunlandic Twins" is a bit different from previous Of Montreal albums, though. This time around, Kevin Barnes played most of the instruments, sang in his Beatlesy voice, wrote the songs, and produced the album too. The only thing he didn't do seems to be the quirky cover art. In other words, Of Montreal basically IS Barnes.

One thing about Of Montreal that never changes is their abstract acid-poetry. Even the titles are glorious weird: "Death of a Shade of a Hue," "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" and "The Repudiated Immortals." Not to mention the lyrics, which will sprain your brain if you try to decipher them.
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By E. A. Ramsey on December 7, 2005
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okay, I'm sure my review will hold no water/weight/whatever here, but this is probably the most fantastic album of 2005 and certainly my favorite of Of Montreal's. it has been literally stuck in my head/ears/cd player for over a month, and that's just special.

pee.ess. it makes me dance and I HATE DANCING... therefore if an album can make me enjoy dancing, it MUST be good.
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I would absolutely reccomend such a brilliant masterpiece of an album. The first of the band's albums I've listened to all the way through and fell in love with. To this day it is still my favorite album. It mixes the pshychadelic feel of the 60's with the feel good dance beats in the 70's and incorporates many 80's new wave synths in such a brilliant way all wrapped in a very modern hip innovative sound. All aspects are wonderful. The lyrics are so catchy and thoughtful and just a joy to hear. I would strongly urge you to buy this album now! Disregard the reviews on here putting the album down because THE ALBUM ROCKS.

No more explaining and reading reviews go and purchase it and see for yourself...you will fall in love!
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By B. M. Kunz on April 19, 2005
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For most other bands The Sunlandic Twins would be a great album, but for Of Montreal it is simply a good one. It does not quite live up to the promise and fulfillment of Satanic Panic In the Attic, nor does it delight and marvel as Of Montreal's epic pop masterpiece Coquelicot Asleep In the Poppies does. Nevertheless, The Sunlandic Twins is a singular effort, and not exactly like any of the other releases in the band's ever growing catalogue of pop gems. As with Satanic... Kevin Barnes is a one man band on this release, and he packs the Sunlandic Twins with enough sugar coated synthesized goodies to give any dentist cause for alarm. From the infectious breakdown in Forecast Fascist Future (May we never go, go mental. May we always stay, stay gentle) which will linger on your lips like a jumbo jawbreaker, to the surprising dark pop of Oslo In the Summertime, The Sunlandic Twins is one tasty treat.
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Heard these guys on a live set podcast with Nic Harcourt from KCRW, and got hooked. This quirky album sounds fresh and brand new, yet vaguely familiar. I hear a mash of the Beatles (was that a REAL mellotron??), TRex, Disco, XTC, Heaven 17, 10cc, Wow! REALLY catchy tunes with great lyrics & harmonies, interesting, original arrangements and a cheekiness you gotta admire. They'll skillfully stretch your sonic sensibilities, then pull you back into a comfort zone. Such a relief from the formulaic crud out there! Oh, and my "skip button" finger got a welcome rest!

Update 10/02/06 What's up with selling out to the Outback Steakhouse?
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Terrific great time, Sunlandic Twins is maybe my favorite or second favorite Of Montreal album. Look, the band is pretty damn consistent. This is a great starter album for them. One of the best bands. Such a deep discography. Party is crashing us now & requiem for omm. Listen to those. See if you like them. If you do....

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Wraith Pinned to the Myst and What the hey who? where? That's Of Montreal, man, you never know what's going to happen. From song titles to chord changes to lyrical twists, this record will keep you on your toes and on the edge of your seat. You'll literally be balancing on your toes on the edge of your seat. Careful.

There's this beautiful energy on this album where it feels like the whole band is riding around on a fast motion kiddie-train. They have the friendly humour of The Kinks, the magical playground of Syd Barrett, the lyrical and melodical smiles of School for the Dead, the sound-scapes of Apples In Stereo, and the Beulah of Elf Power.

Have you seen the video for Wraith etc etc? Man, put on your headphones and close your eyes hard enough and you will.
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