...And trying to understand this psychedelic quirk-pop concept album from Of Montreal (actually from Athens, Ga., US of A) would be an exercise in futility.
Most will find the Willy Wonka-esque world of "Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse" inaccessible, irritating or simply too goofy to warrant repeat listens. There is, however, something new to discover upon each spin, and it gets more easily digestible as you go. The overblown artistic machinations of "Coquelicot" include songs about pee-pee icicles, Turkish moths, wax museums, and an 18-minute piano solo titled "The Hopeless Opus or the Great Battle of the Unfriendly Ridiculous", a musical interpretation of the fold-out poster included with the album, or vice versa. All of this does not, however, make it a bad piece of music. The superb production and imaginative musicianship that went into this record is evident, ranging from zippy-trippy pop to charming slower numbers. A bad album? No. Genius? Hmmm. Perhaps more than anything, Of Montreal are just talented musicians with too much time, too many drugs and too many people telling them that they might be Sergeant Giants Lonely Hearts Club Beach Boy Band, giving them the notion that "Coquelicot" was a good idea. Or maybe the world just isn't ready for the hallucinogenic beauty of the group's aural circus.