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Satanic Panic In The Attic [Import]

Of Montreal Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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The sixth full-length and first for Polyvinyl from this Athens, GA band is a departure from previous releases. There's a 70's Afro beat and an 80's new wave influence, and the songs are full of danceable electro hooks. Limited edition LP version on colored vinyl includes a bonus 7-inch with two exclusive tracks.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Come disconnect the dots March 23 2007
Format:Audio CD
Of Montreal shifted gears somewhere along the road: instead of psychedelic folkpop, they began dabbling in catchy, humorous electropop. That sound is at the heart of "Satanic Panic in the Attic," a solid album that preserves their weird sensibilities, but changes their sound.

It's obvious from the beginning that this is essentially a psychedelic dance album: "Disconnect the Dots" opens with a gloriously catchy electronic tune, which is just a few beats too slow from being "poppy." And the lunatic lyrics are kept the same in songs like the lighthearted "Lysergic Bliss": "And I'm dizzy from her kiss/so vertiginous lost in lysergic bliss."

After that, the sound gets even more diverse, with Afrobeats and xylophone get mixed in with Beatlesque guitar pop. Frontman Kevin Barnes even dabbles in bass-pop in "Lester Loses His Wife." The biggest break in form is an acoustic ballad in the fragile "City Bird," a flute-and-guitar number that urges a "city bird" to seek its true place in the sky.

Time has passed, and Of Montreal seems to have grown up a little. In "Satanic Panic," Barnes muses on how "all I ever get is sad love," and laments "I think the chemicals have done/some evil thing to me" over a buzzing acid-pop tune. Fortunately, these songs don't overshadow the fun that brims out of most of the other songs.: Mischief comes into the song with the wonderfully gruesome "Chrissy Kiss The Corpse," about some people having fun with a corpse at a bus stop.

There's a greater electronic influence in this album, something which might be "new-wavey" if it weren't as loopy and folky. Under the blips and waves, however, are some solid drums, guitars and basslines, which form the basis of the catchier tunes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rather underwhelming Feb. 2 2007
Format:Audio CD
I suppose there's a market for schizophrenic faux-melodious music like this. Save for a few songs, this album has some of the weakest songwriting and composition I have seen this side of the shoddy mess that are the Fiery Furnaces. This is pointless music at its irritating best. Styles bleed in and out of the songs with no thematic connection whatsoever, masking the wafer thin ideas that permeate the entire record.

There are far better bands that have similar styles, for lack of a better word, since like Of Montreal their styles are all over the map(Architecture of Helsinki for example). Save your money, skip this one and give your Sgt.Peppers disc a spin to remind you of what great psychedelic pop is really about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars blissfully and happily great June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
this is my first introduction to this band, and i can say that it is a happy one. i look forward to trying out the bands earlier albums. favorite song: lysergic bliss. this had me grinning and tapping toes, while trying to remain quiet -- i am in the office of course. i love it when a song makes me burst with happiness. The Beta Band did it with "Round the Bend", Mummy the Peepshow did it with "Skip! Skip!", and Of Montreal does it with Lysergic Bliss.
Probably the funniest song is "Chrissie Kiss the Corpse". listen carefully to the lyrics of this one. Hilarious.
On top of all that, this album is very energetic. I think this band must be outstanding to see live.
I've left room in my rating for their other albums, and lots more listens of this one. In my book, with only a five star scale, four stars is pretty darn good. try this band out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best band ever. really! May 27 2004
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Format:Audio CD
i always find it interesting no matter how many compliments someone gives to of montreal or their records they seem to feel the need to pan other albums like 'aldhils arboretum'. listen, i'm not gonna force anyone to like something but i'm just baffled no one's written a review preaching the truth, brother: every of montreal record is amazing and is another essential piece of their magically enchanting puzzle.
for anyone scared off by reviews that make it sound like certain records aren't worth your time just know that you might feel differently when you hear them yourself! many years ago (before they were back in print) i asked this guy at a record store what he thought of the first few my bloody valentine eps since they were near impossible to find and i was completely obsessed with them. he said they weren't worth tracking down but i'm glad i did..
anyway of montreal invite you to have more fun than you thought you were capable of having in 2004...go see them play in your town & in your mind and GET WILD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will you come and fetch me girl from the brink? May 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
The best way I can describe Of Montreal is to say that they are like clowns. On the surface they appear lighthearted, fun, even silly... but underlying all of that there is something about them that is elusively frightening! I mean, don't we all know we should LIKE clowns, but really in our hearts they scare the crap out of us? That's how I think of them... outwardly their music is fresh, breezy, and poppy...but at the same time the structures are schizophrenic and lyrically they are disturbing at times. Case in point: track 8 on this new release is "Chrissie Kiss the Corpse": an upbeat guitarish romp that retells the tale of one Chrissie's necrophilian tendencies ("Chrissy's such a pretty lass / as benign as broken glass / No one in her family knows / the vile hobby that she chose"). Despite my lingering fear, I find this to be one of the groups strongest outings to date. A must have for fans, but also great for newly initiated as well. If you haven't heard them before, they owe a lot to their second cousins in E6 like Olivia Tremor Control (which of course owe in turn a lot to other artists of the past).
One of the accesable tracks is probably the opener "Disconnect the Dots", showcasing electro beats, sweet drawn out taffy guitar, and keyboards that sound like "Getting Away With It" era Electronic were jamming on the Love Boat (complete with perfect throwbackweee-ooo-OOO-ooo-ooo Beach Boys harmony samples). Its bookend, the second to last track "Spike the Senses" is probably the second closest thing to a single, with its AM gold 70's sound that at about a minute in has some keyboards that sound like they were ripped right out of an alternate Charlie's Angels theme song.
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