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Cherry Peel


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Aug. 19 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None
  • ASIN: B0000048F5
  • In-Print Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everthing Disappears When You Come Around
2. Baby
3. I Can't Stop Your Memory
4. When You're Loved Like You Are
5. Don't Ask Me To Explain
6. In Dreams I Dance With You
7. Sleeping In The Beetle Bug
8. Tim I Wish You Were Born A Girl
9. Montreal
10. This Feeling (Dereks Theme)
11. I Was Watching Your Eyes
12. Springtime Is The Season
13. At Night Trees Aren't Sleeping
14. You've Got A Gift

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 1 2007
Format: Audio CD
Of Montreal sprang into existance with their debut "Cherry Peel," but they might as well have called it "All You Need Is Love." It has cheery pop melodies and offbeat lyrics, but the most noticeable thing is the focus on love -- especially hearts-and-flowers, pounding-heart love.

It opens with "Everything Disappears When You Come Around," a charming acoustic ballad that is either really sweet or really disturbing, depending on how you feel about vanishing ears and headless birds. The vibe continues in songs like the electronic-tinged "I Can't Stop Your Memory," the rollicking "Don't Ask Me To Explain" and bizarre "Sleeping in the Beetle Bug."

The second half opens with a peculiar friendship/love ode that begins, "Tim, wish you were born a girl,/So I could've been your boyfriend." What follows is a mishmash of melancholy laments ("You looked in my eyes,/Then said, "I'm so sorry") and puppy-love songs, ending with the lines: "You've got a special gift./Do you see how you're changing the world/just by hanging around?" It doesn't get much more enchanting than that.

Love is something that seeps into almost every Of Montreal albums -- love, kissing, lovers, and relationships that either bloom or slowly decline. "Cherry Peel" is mostly on that subject, although it does dip into feel-good ditties here and there ("No matter how you died through winter,/In spring you're born again,/Your life might not be going good,/But spring helps you to pretend.")

The Elephant 6 bands are known for having a sort of sixties vibe. "Cherry Peel" has the sunniness from the best of the sixties pop, along with the sparkling multilayered melodies. But the musical tinkering is too sparse compared to their later work.
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Format: Audio CD
Of Montreal's first, and still their best, "Cherry Peel" is an indie pop delight like none other. Though parts of the album are weaker, and it winds down near the end, Kevin Barnes' frank writings on the meaning of love (especially the puppy love of crushes) and the band's flawless pop style makes up for their shortcomings. It is dissapointing that Of Montreal will probably never make an album on this subject again, but on the other hand they don't really need to. If any song has ever captured the meaning of brief love, it's "Baby" and if any song has ever got down exactly how it is to be unsure about another's feelings and thus having a hard time sorting out your own, it's "Don't Ask Me to Explain".
It opens with a simple, but characteristically strange love song, "Everything Dissapears When You Come Around", and it never leaves it's core themes. And there's nothing wrong with that. It'd be a classic if it weren't for some of the later songs and the unfortunate fact that the cheap recording equipment mars the album's beauty at times. Still, I have to say you should pick it up.
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Pop Kulcher Review: Maybe I was just expecting too much. I'm a huge fan of most of the Elephant 6 stable, and was blown over by the single "Don't Ask Me To Explain." But while this is pleasant and catchy enough, nothing else on the album quite measures up to that single (though a few ditties come close, most notably the painfully infectious "I Can't Stop Your Memory"). This album falls somewhere between the pleasant pop of Apples in Stereo and the psychedelic experimentalism of Olivia Tremor Control, but falls a bit short of both. Not that I want to sell this short -- if you're a sucker for the Smile-era Beach Boys-derived naive pop championed by the Apples, Olivia, Elf Power, Beulah, et al., this will go down just fine -- if anything, this is probably the closest thing to mid-60's Brian Wilson put out so far by any of these bands. But the stripped-down minimalism of the sound and the calculated amateurishness of the performance and vocals occasionally distracts from the charm, which I don't think was the intent.
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this is a gorgeous record...it's hard to believe i've owned it for 5 years because i still keep listening to it. i think the reason is the songs have a timeless quality to them--ignore what people say about a "sixties" influence, these songs could have been written in 1920 or last week, and it wouldn't matter. it's pop at its best, but there are elements of waltzes and quasi-jazz here as well. essentially, it's folk music as written by burt bachrach, or better yet, quit comparing them to others and just enjoy. this stuff is great. and your girlfriend will like it too!
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