michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — OF MONTREAL

In Uncategorized on 08/25/2010 at 11:41 am

OF MONTREAL

False Priest

(Polyvinyl)

Kevin Barnes is one fucked-up dude. Before his transformation into a prancing, shrieking indie-rock queen, he led Of Montreal for more than a decade as a baroque-pop ensemble (they were part of the Elephant 6 collective that gave us the Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel). On their tenth album, Barnes expands everything: the band, the sound, the hooks. False Priest is basically a bigger, tighter version of 2008’s spazzy Skeletal Lamping. Producer Jon Brion corrals sounds that Barnes just kinda threw out there before, and guest singers Janelle Monae and Solange Knowles (Beyoncé’s sister) add some sugar to Barnes’ bitter bites. But at the center of it all is Barnes, wrapping his falsetto around many, many words (there’s a dozen of them coming at you at a time in “I Feel Ya’ Strutter” and “Our Riotous Defects”) and post-disco beats. It’s often a messy trip, but a glorious one all the same.

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