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Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppi [Import]

Of Montreal Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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This Athens collective has built its career on high concepts and low budgets, emerging with a string of indie-pop operas. However, Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse outstrips even the band's own ambitions. A year and a half in the making, Coquelicot features 22 pieces ranging from loopy spoken-word snippets to literally Beatles-esque baroque pop, and it concludes with an 18-minute piano epic ("The Hopeless Opus"). This is the sound of the Bonzo Dog Band strolling woozily through strawberry fields, spinning tall tales and greeting passersby all the way. That they succeed without embarrassing themselves or their listeners is a testament to their sheer talent. There's a vague, loose concept at work here, but don't worry too much about following it: the band members themselves admit that they weren't going for a straight narrative. You'll want to let Coquelicot unfold in its own roundabout way and follow its oddly affecting musical path. The deluxe packaging includes two inserts and plenty of curious psychedelic artwork. --Mike Appelstein

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This, Of Montreal's fourth album, was released in 2001 and quickly went out of print due to its extravagant and expensive packaging. Polyvinyl is now bringing it back in all its glory, with all 22 tracks and the entire booklet of original paintings. It's the band's most ambitious album with songs of wonderful madness featuring strange musical interludes, a detective story, gentle love songs, avant pop songs, and ending with an 18-minute piano opus.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Superproduced Psychedelic Poppy Circus June 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
Of all of the Elephant 6 related bands, this is the best, with this album besting all of them. I've owned this record for a couple years, and after the first three listens I got a little fed up with it. The music is jarring, and the chord progressions are discordant. But then it gets better and better with each listen, just like the best records you've ever owned. The tunes start to grow on you, and soon enough, rather than being jarring and dischordant, Coquelicot becomes stimulating like a head rush - the music begins to fit together and the album accordians itself into this condensed package of pop and harmony.
Think early Pink Floyd - Bike song, or The Beachboys - Bicycle Rider. Or maybe even mix the two together. If that's not helpful, just think Beachboys Pet Sounds, but on some wild hallucinogenic drug.
You might buy Of Montreal's Gay Parade before you get this, though I did not. If you have the option of listening to any song by Of Montreal first, find "My Favorite Boxer" - its on Gay Parade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superproduced Psychedelic Pop June 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
Of all of the Elephant 6 related bands, this is the best, with this album besting all of them. I've owned this record for a couple years, and after the first three listens I got a little fed up with it. The music is jarring, and the chord progressions are discordant. But then it gets better and better with each listen, just like the best records you've ever owned. The tunes start to grow on you, and soon enough, rather than being jarring and dischordant, Coquelicot becomes stimulating like a head rush - the music begins to fit together and the album accordians itself into this condensed package of pop and harmony.
Think early Pink Floyd - Bike song, or The Beachboys - Bicycle Rider. Or maybe even mix the two together. If that's not helpful, just think Beachboys Pet Sounds, but on some wild hallucinogenic drug.
You might buy Of Montreal's Gay Parade before you get this, though I did not. If you have the option of listening to any song by Of Montreal first, find "My Favorite Boxer" - its on Gay Parade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars *drool* Oct. 6 2002
By Heather
Format:Audio CD
This is the single most amazing piece of physical matter in the known universe. Listening to the wonderfully pleasurable music on this CD makes me so very giddy. Not only are the lyrics so delightfully superb, but the quality of the music is just so grand. If you are a fan of happiness, I would suggest that you buy several copies of this CD. And oh, they couldn't just stop at an incredible CD, but they have to add a booklet of drawings to go along with each song and a fold out poster containing all the lyrics, making it franticly simple to memorize every single word. i just sit around in ecstasy and listen to the absurdly awesome piano opus that flies for 18 minutes at the end of the glorious masterpiece that is this CD. The quality of all the music makes me pass out and have lovely dreams of beautiful things. And I love the wide range of musical instruments: everything from guitars, pianos, cellos, violins, clarinets, and xylophones, to toy pianos and voices through swinging hoses. I can't express how much this CD has made the world a more pleasant place to have to exist in. I'll just suggest that you purchase it, and give it a test drive. Regret is thoroughly unlikely.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rampant Whimsy or Incessant Irritation? April 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
On its own merits, "Coquelicot" is an almost-clever, fancy little record which hearkens to the story-song records of an early-seventies childhood. Whimsy is the name of the game here--a distinctly over-the-top British, Edwardian-cum-Hippie whimsy, and what you think about this record depends on how you feel about that.
Frankly, this album takes the perjorative term "precious" to a new level I never thought possible. I would give this record zero stars just because I gradually became so irritated with each passing note I began wincing. It's so flighty and fruity and batty and barmy...argh, but what did I expect?
I have to give the group credit for the high-concept pop. A lot of creativity went into producing this. I have to recognize that there may be an audience for this. But the story is uninvolving, and musically, there is nothing too catchy here--the music is too mincing and the lyrics too idiotic to stick. The very last piece is exceptional, however: a piano composition which hints at ragtime, English Music Hall, maybe even a little Debussy? Too late, though! This is not the record with which to start your Of Montreal experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genius is often misunderstood... May 7 2001
Format:Audio CD
...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.
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