For the Record
Of Montreal Album Review
Kyle Stringer again – this time with two album reviews. I recently purchased of Montreal’s “Lousy with Sylvianbriar,” once again, on vinyl. I love of Montreal, and would probably put them on my list of top 5 bands. However, I don’t feel the same about this album.
For me, of Montreal at their peak was what they were creating from “The Sunlandic Twins” to “False Priest” with special emphasis on “Skeletal Lamping” and “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?” At the time of those albums, they had everything I loved – quick unsuspecting chord changes, bazaar lyrics, catchy melodies, wild transitions, great multiple bass lines, and the wonderful electro-pop sound most people know them for.
The new album, however, is void of nearly all of those things. Kevin Barns still knows how to write great vocal melodies and strange lyrics, but the pop side to the band is all but gone (not to mention nearly all of the band members from their previous albums!). “Lousy with Sylvianbriar” takes the better parts of country music and mixes them with groups from the 70’s, such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones. The music is more lyric-based, with less chord changes. I’ll admit that some of the songs on the album are quite catchy. Upon first listen, I was not a fan of the album, and even told a friend that it was “no good.” Apparently was wrong, because I was humming the melody to the opening track “Fugitive Air” the very next day.
I would never say that this album is one of of Montreal’s best, but I would also not say it is bad. I believe some people who weren’t into their electro-pop phase would probably like it. It has its standout tracks, but it also has the opposite. It’s worth a shot, and I’ll probably be playing a couple tracks on my show on occasion.
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Written by Kyle Stringer. Tune into For the Record every Friday night from 8-10pm on 90.7fm KJHK.