Satanic Panic in the Attic
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
'Satanic Panic in the Attic' is / was one of Kevin Barnes short poems from the of Montreal website - and it is now a full-on 14-track journey of audible grandeur. From the synthed up openings of 'dis-connect the dots' to the enhanced reverb of 'spike the senses', this is certainly not an album to write oneself off to - but likely find yourself suppressed in sheer jubilation. Truth be told, the only of Montreal release I own [and positively cherish] to this day is Cherry Peel, the beginner set from way back in 1997 [Bar None] - so you're getting something of an outsider's view on the whole journey that is OM. In short - I find Satanic Panic in the Attic a wonderous affair, much like a magical night on any near-weightless planet with the creatures from Sid & Marty Krofft's H.R. Pufnstuf (that leaves out the impossible chance of the mentioned "gay time" on a neutron star).
Who could have seen the time-changes that take place on 'lysergic bliss' coming? That song in itself develops & reforms at least 4 times before ending a glorious chorus of joy. Am I right in reading that "all instruments played by kevin (barnes)", except for 2 songs?Read more ›
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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... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2007 by Anant Mathur
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. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by John Kaminar
Of Montreal has always been a talented band. My first wife was obsessed with them. She saw them open for They Might Be Giants in 1997. Those were the early days. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by alexander laurence
For a lot of musicians a genre has a macro feel to it. It's something that they fall under somewhere. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by *