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The Gay Parade

Of Montreal Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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1. Old Familiar Way
2. Fun Loving Nun
3. Tulip Barco
4. Jaques Lamure
5. The March Of The Gay Parade
6. Neat Little Domestic Life
7. A Collection Of Poems About Water
8. Y The Quale And Vaguely Bird Noisily Enjoying Their Forbidden Tryst
9. I'd Be A Yellow Feathered Loon
10. The Autobiographical Grandpa
11. The Miniature Philosopher
12. My Friend Will Be Me
13. My Favorite Boxer
14. Advice From A Divorced Gentlemen To His Bachelor Friend Considering Marriage
15. A Man's Life Flashing Before His Eyes While He And His Wife Drive Off A Cliff Into The Ocean
16. Nickee Coco And the Invisible Tree

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Pop fans rejoice: Here's yet another delightful concept album from a member of the Elephant Six family, Of Montreal, who actually hail from Athens, Georgia. Of Montreal are more like third cousins to the E6 clan; their sound is cohesively pop oriented and distinctively quaint. The songs are bouncy, keyboard- and vocal-driven gems that collapse barbershop harmonies and well-enunciated, Tin Pan Alley vocalizations with Anglo mid-'60s pop (especially that of the ever-popular Kinks). The lyrics on Of Montreal's third full-length weave an intricate story in childrens-book logic, with invisible trees, a miniature philosopher, and a cast of hundreds. The words from the buoyant "Fun Loving Nun" (whose chorus appears to have been sung by the mice from Babe) can be seen as The Gay Parade's moral: "Some of us get covered up by the world, become bitter from our loneliness and forget our dreams." --Mike McGonigal

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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the gay parade April 1 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Of Montreal has built a career on exuberant, sweet concept albums that bounce with life and love. "The Gay Parade" is a snapshot of them at their best -- it has the strangeness of "Cocquelicot," but is more accessable. These songs cheery oddball pop, but it sounds so uncalculated that it never quite sounds twee.

The acoustic/piano-ballad "Old Familiar Way" starts off the album, but it mostly focuses on how "It's amazing the wonders you can find/Just by stepping outside." Only at the end does Kevin Barnes greet listeners with "Welcome to the Gay Parade!" The album then switches to a bunch of songs about the glorious people, such as the bouncy dancey "Fun-Loving Nun," singsong "Tulip Baroo," and "The Miniature Philosopher."

While describing boxers, grandfathers and stuttering organ grinders, Barnes and Co. don't stray away from their typical little sweet songs: there's a carnival sound to "March of the Gay Parade," a goofy little sweet song. Elsewhere Barnes sings eagerly about the "Domestic Life," longs for special friends, and chronicles the story of Niki Coco, before finally bidding farewell in "The Gay Parade Outro."

The entire album more or less revolves around the Gay Parade, and how much happier the people in it (and near it) are. The general feeling is that it's not so much a real gathering as a state of mind -- enjoying the little things, "making friends with trees and animals," and seeing the magic of the world.

The songs rely heavily on Barnes' acoustic guitar, and the sweet piano pop that comes into the intro and outro. Little chimes and psychedelic swooshes give it an even more whimsical feel. And an electric organ gives a sort of dancey fun feel to "Fun Loving Nun," to the point where it's hard to notice Barnes' weird lyrics.
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By Shaggy
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard Gay Parade I was a bit unsure what to think. They were songs that I quite enjoyed immediately (My Favorite Boxer, Old Familiar Way) and some that made me feel like pushing the Skip Track button (The March of the Gay Parade). The second time I started to enjoy every song more and more, until now, where I love every song on this album completely. The mixture of simple and complex songs, the voice of Kevin Barnes, the theme, everything, it's all pure musical gold.
This album isn't for everyone, it definitely has a children story like quality in many places, but don't let it bother you. If you can learn to get to used to such a theme, it'll make you appreciate this musical masterpiece even more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gay La Gay La Gee Gay Le Gee Gay la Gee, So Good Nov. 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the closest thing to the Beach Boys 'Smile' I have ever heard, yet it's something totally original and exciting. This is fantastic music, well creafted pop with catchy melodies. The songs feature characters similar to those that fill most loved songs of Paul McCartney. 'Gay Parade' is a great record. Do not live another minute without it. It will brighten your days. Thank you Of Montreal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just "cute" Jan. 31 2002
Format:Audio CD
Of Montreal are not a novelty act. They are musical visionaries. With "The Gay Parade", they have crafted what is easily one of the best "concept" albums since Jethro Tull's "A Passion Play". It's just a mark of how times have changed to realize that 30 years ago, "Passion Play" was a #1 record and "The Gay Parade" will probably only be heard by a few thousand people. Frustratiing, huh?
Anyway, be glad that you are one of the few that cares enough to discover this record. Is it odd? you bet. Quirky, weird, psychedelic. Probably. Cute? No. That does it a disservice. It is a brillinatly conceived song-cycle of character sketches. The characters are, of course, an eccentric lot. A guy obsessed with a certain mean boxer, a widower with his "dogs for friends" awaiting death, a French firemen pining for heroism, an ecstatic dude waxing poetic about mowing the lawn while his wife knits. While the vocals approach giddy and cartoonish, the songs themselves can range for hilarious to rather disturbing--- often with one turn-of-phrase. There is indeed a intangible saddness looming over this private world, despite the Crayola surroundings.
The sound of the record is fascinating. The best thing about bands like Of Montreal, Olivia Tremor Control, etc. is that they know exactly the sonic landscape they wish to create and accomplish it with minimalist recording technology. The result is a sonic juggernaut of an album that sounds at once high-concept and low-fidelity... hiss, tape saturation, drops-outs--- all part of the sound. And it's damn near brilliant. Horns, tape manipulations, choirs of mice, saws, kazoos, plastic guitars--- many of the instruments barely in tune.
To my ear, it sounds like a benediction.
At the end of the record Kevin Barnes advises his listeners that they now know the way into the world of "The Gay Parade" and can return any time they like.... Can't I just set up camp and *stay*, Kev?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, pretty good, & requires patience... March 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
Take the off-the-wall and (at times) totally insane sounds of highly experimental bands such as Nurse with Wound, Current 93, and The Legendary Pink Dots. Now, consider what would happen if those bands were the house acts for Sesame Street or H.R. Puffenstuff. Next, those bands recruit the Swingle Singers to do the vocals.
While this release is pretty decent, it requires a vast amount of patience. You truly will have to "bend an ear" as they say to make it through some of these tracks. However, if you put in the time (a rare find in these days of "sugar-coated mindless garbage" as Jello Biafra would say), you'll make it through and realize that it's a pretty good album that is....dare I say....eehhemm...."cute."
Also, as a devout Brian Wilson follower, the comparisons made of this outfit to his skills is a bit misplaced. O.M. have the skills, but they do not rise to such a level of greatness. Give them a while though and, perhaps, they may. In the meantime however, they're not half-bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, well-done, and one of the best Elephant 6 albums
When I first bought this album, I was a little annoyed by it. It is EXTREMELY cute, and very fast, a little like Barney on amphetamines. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2001 by Michael Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Wilson's unfinished "Smile" for children
Yes, I'm sure mentioning Mr. Wilson above caught your eye, as everyone these days seems to be using him as a commercial entity to sell records. Read more
Published on May 18 2000 by "legmuffin"
5.0 out of 5 stars the cutest smart storytime pop you ever did hear.
i love of montreal for a multitude of reasons, beginning with the quirky melodic storylines. they're the only band i've heard pull off 'cute' without 'irritating', and make... Read more
Published on Aug. 12 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Move Over Selena!
Brilliant is a word I rarely toss around with a light heart (see my review of Britney Spears), but I gotta say this album comes pretty damn close. Read more
Published on July 4 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Woo-wooo-wooooooo.....Three cheers for Elephant 6!!!
I've only had a chance to hear this a couple of times,but oh my god, this album is so much fun! Good old fashioned ragtime rocknroll vaudville bubblegum psychedelia (think 1910... Read more
Published on May 14 1999 by wizardcombat
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Montreal have done it again!
Athens, Georgia's lovable pop ruffians, Of Montreal, mine more of the same quirky, bouncy pop on their third full length record, The Gay Parade. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars gay.
this cd is pretty gay
Published on Feb. 16 1999
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