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Old 09-27-2014, 12:32 PM   #271 (permalink)
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REM were never signed to an independent label. IRS was owned by A&M and MCA at the time and
and had acts like Belinda Carlisle, The Fine Young Cannibals & The Go-Go's on it's roster at the same time as them.
IRS was distributed by A&M and later MCA, but not owned by them. But either way the point stands that Document wasn't a case of them selling out compared to previous albums, since there weren't any real changed circumstances.
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Old 10-06-2014, 05:11 AM   #272 (permalink)
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Title: Hissing fauna, are you the destroyer?
Artiste: Of Montreal
Year: 2007
Chronological position: Eighth album
Previous experience of this artiste?: Zero
Why is this considered a classic? I have no idea

My thoughts
One minute (or thereabouts in) ---- Good, great, bad, meh, still waiting or other? Good
One track in --- Good
Halfway through --- Good
Finished --- Good but also Huh?

Comments: On first glance and on the face of it this just seems too weird for me. From the crazy, seemingly nonsensical question in the title to the idea that frontman and creator Kevin Barnes metamorphoses into a black shemale called Georgie Fruit … well let’s just say I’m confused and not holding out too much hope. But Of Montreal get a lot of love around here, so who knows? Anyway it’s down to the music in the end, so what’s that like? Well, the opener is a lot catchier than I expected and I find my head nodding, shades of Bowie in the vocal. Kind of. I see there’s a twelve-minute track at the midpoint of the album, but Of Montreal balance this epic out with another eleven tracks that all run from the three to four minute mark.In fact, the Divine Comedyesque “Sink the Seine” is just over one minute long.

“Heimdalsgate like a Promethan curse” (what?) starts sort of new-wave with a dash of Krautrock but then becomes a more straightahead pop/rock song with some nice synth and piano, sort of Cars feel to it. “Gronlandic edit” (again, what?) has a cool bassline and is quite funky with again a twist of Krautrock to go, while “A sentence of sorts in Kongsvinger” (once again, what?) keeps the funk going with a riff on the synth that sounds right out of George McCrae’s “Rock your baby” while also doling out a generous dollop of dream pop.

The “turning point” of the album apparently is the just short of twelve-minute epic “The past is a grotesque animal” in which Kevin turns into Georgie, and will remain as his “alter ego” for the next two albums. Hey, what do I know? It’s certainly darker and moves away from the poppy side of the first half of the album to a more sort of progressive idea, much rockier and probably my favourite so far. Very 70s Bowie, puts me in mind of the likes of “Suffragette City”; runs on more or less the same musical phrase all through and yet never gets boring. The Bowie influence gets a lot more evident after this, with “Bunny ain’t no kind of rider” and “Faberge falls for Shuggie” with a nice 60s/70s keyboard sound. Kind of experimental on the latter.

Touch of Prince in “Labyrinthian pomp” (I’ve given up on the titles) and it’s pretty psychedlic. Like the outro to “She’s a rejecter”, but the Bowie rip-off vocal is starting to grate by now.


Favourite track(s): Suffer for fashion, Sink the Seine, A sentence of sorts in Kongsvinger, The past is a grotesque animal
Least favourite track(s): None of the other tracks are bad per se, I just wasn’t as impressed by them as the ones above

Final impression --- Wha--?

Do I feel, at the end, A) I wish I had listened to this sooner
B) I'm sorry I bothered
C) I might end up liking this
D) Have to wait and see
E) Bit underwhelmed; was ok but a classic?
F) Definitely enjoyed it, but again would I consider it a classic?
G) Enjoyed this album just purely on its own merits
H) Glad I listened to it


D, or possibly none of the above. This is one weird album. Good musically, but very hard to understand or get my head around. Feel like I’ve tripped out on acid, and I’ve never even smoked tobacco ….
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:58 PM   #273 (permalink)
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Anytime it feels like you've tripped acid and you haven't you have grown. Or maybe not, how the hell would I know.

Btw do After the Gold Rush already, I wanna know what you think of one of Neil's most loved as well as just about best albums (although that's hard to say since he has so many and they all represent very different things).

Also since you've tried Of Montreal and didn't hate it (sounds very interesting I might even have to try it soon) I was wondering if you'd want to try Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, which is also psychedelic though not as high concept and more pop. It often gets referenced as a modern day Beach Boys classic, a la Pet Sounds and Smile though it is more experimental and much more modern in its technology and production. I think you turned down Beach Boys earlier but I sure hope you won't turn this down because then I will cry.

tl;dr it is a terrific album (not my personal favorite from AC but the most generally regarded) and is considered among quite a few to be a contemporary classic.
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:10 PM   #274 (permalink)
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I second that recommendation. And you turned down the Beach Boys? Gee whiz.
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Old 10-07-2014, 03:47 AM   #275 (permalink)
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Ikr?? I tried putting SMiLE on him but he said he doesn't dig Dubois.
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All about Wild Honey.

And Trollheart, New Wave by The Auteurs... I'm not asking this time!
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See, Trollheart? There are three of us now! Surely it can't sound that bad compared to all the grindcore you've been listening to.
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Feck yiz, all right then. I'll listen to the bloody Beach Boys! (Hey! Wouldn't that be a great name for a Death Metal band?)
But right now I'm knee deep in Metal, so it may take a while. I'll try to squeeze it in before the end of the month.

Don't expect any great conversion though, and don't be upset if I trash it. I really do not like TBB.

Goofle, tell me about the Auteurs and why I should care about them?

Now, if you'll excuse me, some big hefty guy who should probably wash more often is bellowing about Satan blood and gore in my ear. Perhaps I shouldn't have answered the door bell!
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Goofle, tell me about the Auteurs and why I should care about them?
They made arguably the best "Britpop" album of the 90's. Luke Haines is a great song writer. It's considered a five star all time classic by yours truly.
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