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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.Read more ›
pee.ess. it makes me dance and I HATE DANCING... therefore if an album can make me enjoy dancing, it MUST be good.
No more explaining and reading reviews go and purchase it and see for yourself...you will fall in love!
Update 10/02/06 What's up with selling out to the Outback Steakhouse?
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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This album ALWAYS makes me feel happy & like I want to 'conquer' my life. So fun, so worth it!Published 20 days ago by iamvioletta
The second disk simply did not work. It would not play anything and the disk sounded like it was in pain.Published 16 months ago by Allen
The bonus EP that comes with this album is really awesome. I actually like it better than the album's B side. Definitely Of Montreal at their best.Published on February 6, 2014 by H. Oliver
Besides it being a fantastic album, the fourth side on the vinyl edition features line illustrations etched directly into the black vinyl (the fourth side is obviously unplayable -... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by chase s. gilbert
Meh. There are some good songs on here, but it's certainly no "Satanic Panic", "Hissing Fauna", "Skeletal Lamping", etc... Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by AHOLSTED
My local radio station, KRCL, played Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games. It was the first time I had ever heard of Montreal. I went home and immediately bought the album. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Rachael Bush
I was turned onto Of Montreal from a friend of mine who's way into them. My intrigue led me to purchase this album partly do to the overwhelmingly positive reviews. Read morePublished on February 4, 2010 by Cornelius
This is one of my favorite of Montreal albums. It comes in a great 180 gram pressing that sounds fantastic. Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by Kelson Williams
Of Montreal has done it again... If you enjoy their other CDs then this one will definitely make you love them even more! The tunes stick with you after the first listening! Read morePublished on May 17, 2009 by LV