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|1. Dirty Dustin Hoffman Needs A Bath|
|2. Dustin Hoffman Gets A Bath|
|3. Dusin Hoffman Thinks About Eating The Soap|
|4. Dustin Hoffman Scrubs Too Hard And Loses Soap|
|5. Dustin Hoffman Does Not Resist Temptation To Eat The Bathtub|
|6. Dustin Hoffman Wife Comes Home|
|7. Dustin Hoffman Wife Seems Suspicious About The Absent Tub|
|8. Dustin Hoffman Feigns Ignorance Of Missing Bathtub (There Is Only One Tin Ignorrance)|
|9. Dustin Hoffman Wife Calls In Detective To Dust For Porcelain Particuleson Dustin Hoffman's Tongue|
|10. Dustin Hoffman Tongue Taken To A Police Lab Where It Issued As Toilet Paper And Reading Material While On The Toilet|
|11. Dustin Hoffman Offers Lame Possible Explanation For Missing Bathtub (Front Covers)|
|12. Dustin Hoffman Wife Makes A Sarcastic Remark, Cuts The Head Off A Duck, Places It Where The Tub Was|
|13. Dustin Hoffman Becomes Indignant And Wets Himself|
|14. Dustin Hoffman Quits Bathroom And Climb A Tree|
|15. Dustin Hoffman's Children Enter The Bathroom|
Athens' Of Montreal has seen a resurgent interest in their back catalog following the overwhelming success of their most recent two albums: "Satanic Panic In The Attic" and "The Sunlandic Twins". With each track incorporating Dustin Hoffman in its title and artwork featuring images of psychotic children in chains, mole-birds, and bizarre skull creatures, "The Early Four Track Recordings" is one of Of Montreal's more unusual albums. The songs here constitute the early four-track work of Kevin Barnes, predating Of Montreal's inception as a full band. Formerly on Kindercore, this record is a comp
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As I said before, each song is named after Dustin Hoffman supposedly doing something, usually connected with bathing. (The weirdest title is "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Makes A Sarcastic Remark, Cuts The Head Off A Duck, Places It Where The Tub Was And Begins To Growl").
What follows is mostly a collection of guitar pop and ballads, with piano and some muffled percussion in the background -- there's a country flavor to "Dustin Hoffman Quits Bathroom And Climbs A Tree," and an experimental flavor to "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Makes...", where a kazoo plays half the song to a carnival tune.
The title "Early Four Track Recordings" seems almost like an apology for the lesser quality of these songs. They were recorded before Of Montreal became the semi-big indie band that they are today, and it shows. The quality of the tape-to-CD transfer isn't that great, for one thing -- "Dustin Hoffman Feigns Ignorance Of Missing Bathtub" sounds like Barnes is singing with his head inside a bag.
For another, this CD simply doesn't have a great deal of the whimsical joy and sorrow that their later songs have. That isn't surprising, since the band was still getting its footing. But in some songs you can hear bells, kazoos, and a carnival tune that sounds like a circus gone amuck. In songs like this, Kevin Barnes' poppy madness is in full swing.Read more ›
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The album's amateur song is to be enjoyed. I'm not sure when in the world the musicians where at the time of these recordings, but it reminds me of stuff (quality-wise) I use to make with my friends in a basement (with the four-track). The are experimental, be it in the lyrics, the music, or both.
I really enjoy the songs especially those with the lines "The telephone only lets me borrow the comfort of your voice", "Creampuff wedding of two" and "I'm not getting married without a bottle in both hands." Because of all the Dustin Hoffman titles (obviously chosen after the fact) these serve as de facto titles.
You might be initially turned off in thinking this is another Of Montreal album, but give it a chance because this shows just how much Of Montreal has grown in the past ten years. If they went from this to where they're at today, then who knows what further bounds they'll travel before its all over?
This is one of my favorite albums I've ever purchased and every penny was worth it. If you're new to Of Montreal, this is a great first buy.
I'd make a list of all my favorite songs, but it would be a waste of time. Just refer to the entire tracklist above. That should do the trick.
Get this album. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.
Take my word for it, this will be the best cd - of, Of Montreal that you will buy.