This almost shouldn't be done. Of Montreal made two incredible, full, beautiful albums: "The Gay Parade" and "Asleep in a Coliquet [sic] of Poppies" Those albums seemed very meticulously sequenced. They were a blend of genres all funneled down as pop rock. They were pretty clever, unexepected, catchy, etc, etc, etc. The kind of albums that would likely really scare the people that made them, if those albums threatened to put them in the limelight and give them high standards to live up to.
Then the band releases "Aldhils Arboretum" the opposite of all those things. I want to give them credit for having the guts to do that, to go against the grain. But instead I find only disappointment.
The album sounds like more like it came from a garage band than anything Of Montreal has done, even Kevin Barnes' work on the Early Four Track Recordings (which is also MUCH better than this new album). Much of the album seem like poor renditions of Faces songs. It just seems like the band just wanted to release a very lackluster album with absolutely nothing interesting about it. It's almost as if it were by another band posing as Of Montreal.
I hate bashing this album because Of Montreal has done made some really, really stellar albums. But this isn't one of them. Be warned.