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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 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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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. But then I gave it a chance, and I absolutely, 100%, love this album.
THE GAY PARADE is not as silly or shallow as it sounds at first. It really deals with a lot of issues of issues we all deal with, such as feelings of inferiority (on "Hector Comacho"), or else just figuring out what is really meaningful in your life (on the opening track.) Yes, I know, when you hear the album you'll think I may have read way too much into what sounds like an out-of-control carnival. But there is definitely a dark side to this album. This dark side is subtle, but if it weren't, it really would have ruined the album's overall innocent and gleeful tone.
Plus, Of Montreal are great musicians and singers. Their harmonies are perfect, and Kevin Barnes's voice is just loaded with charm. And the guitars, drums, and all the other jillion instruments are all perfectly produced; there's a lot of sound here, but it's not at all extraneous. It is really a great album just on the musical level.
If I still haven't convinced you to buy THE GAY PARADE, then I just have to say "Nickee Coco and the Invisible Tree" is one of the most joyful and hilarious songs around. It alone would be a great album!
You don't hear much joy and happiness in music these days, and THE GAY PARADE is a great place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move Over Selena! July 4 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. The Pyramids, the cotton gin, the airplane and peanut butter have all become yesterdays long-player to this Hi-Fi 8-track. In the midst of all the current confessional, prose-rendered masterpieces (see: NSYNC's "Pajama Party II"), it is refreshing to hear an album as unconventionally viceral as "The Gay Parade." It boggles the mind that this band of ruffians is not on this summer's Ozzfest bill. Surely anyone who has heard the death-cry of singer Kevin Barnes knows that the true voice of evil lies not in the larynx of Slayer's Tom Araya, instead...somewhere deep in the midst of a town answering to the name...Of Montreal.
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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 Welcome to the gay parade
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... Read more
Published on April 1 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Gay La Gay La Gee Gay Le Gee Gay la Gee, So Good
This is the closest thing to the Beach Boys 'Smile' I have ever heard, yet it's something totally original and exciting. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003
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. 11 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 13 1999 by wizardcombat
5.0 out of 5 stars gay.
this cd is pretty gay
Published on Feb. 16 1999
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
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