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Satanic Panic in the Attic

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  • Audio CD (June 1 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl
  • ASIN: B0001LYEVY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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1. Disconnect The Dots
2. Lysergic Bliss
3. Will You Come And Fetch Me
4. My British Tour Diary
5. Rapture Rapes The Muses
6. Eros' Entropic Tundra
7. City Bird
8. Erroneous Escape Into Eric Eckles
9. Chrissie Kiss The Corpse
10. Your Magic Is Working
11. Climb The Ladder
12. How Lester Lost His Wife
13. Spike The Senses
14. Vegan In Furs

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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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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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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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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We may have the solution to global warming, deadly disease and most evil leaders in Satanic Panic in the Attic's artwork alone. I spent well into 3 hours in a dark closet with a single emergency candle exploring the wealth of creatures in it's illustrations, and by the time the wax had reached my feet, I swear I nearly had the answers. Then I decided to pursue the vinyl edition direct to get a closer peek (the artwork is approx. 250% larger on an album, you see) - still, the answer seemed to be in the music itself.
'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?
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