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Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

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Suffer For Fashion
Sink The Seine
Cato As A Pun
Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
Gronlandic Edit
A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
The Past Is A Grotesque Animal
Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider
Faberge Falls For Shuggie
Labyrinthian Pomp
She's A Rejecter
We Were Born The Mutants Again With Leafling
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 51:18

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Daphne Carr


Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Label: Polyvinyl Records

Hissing Fauna is the third fantastic album in a row from Athens, GA, pop band Of Montreal, but this time the band departs from the previous formula of '60s psychedelic storytelling for more confessional lyrics set with a DayGlo new wave flare. Bandleader Kevin Barnes sings of his sad-sack adventures in a breathy, eager voice with falsetto used liberally for faux-sassy ironic commentary. Find him telling tales of Norway as an electronics-only Talking Heads ("A… read more »

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One of my favorites


Great album

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Up there with Dylan? What?


Yes. "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" vs "Desolation Row" In terms of being in tune with the darkest surreal, lacerating, funny, jump-off-a-cliff-true tone of their time, I think OM wins. Dylan obfuscates in lovely imagery OM goes to its own throat hilariously, bravely Amazing. The rest is good, but this one song...it's their Rosebud. Or something.

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One of the finest !!


Track 1 and 4 are keepers !!! I heard they are great live !!!

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Fairly Astonishing


One of my very favorites of the 00s, this album manages to be wild, eclectic, challenging and surprising yet catchy and super pop-y all at the same time. It took a little while to grow on me, but two years later I have yet to tire of it. In my view, by far the best OM title: it’s the perfect blend of being beguiling & unique yet still very accessible. For those uninitiated, start with “She's A Rejecter,” then “Gronlandic Edit” and “Bunny Ain't No...” Of course, one of the true highlights is “The Past Is…” so you might just wanna download the whole thing.

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I don't think so


I've downloaded a lot of the Elephant 6 stuff because I like the concept and have spent a lot of time in Athens. I don't get the hype over Of Montreal, however. Of all the "collective", the only band that has caught my fancy is Neutral Milk Hotel.

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The one to get


If you're new to this band, this is the perfect place to start. Killer hooks, tunes that stick in your head, and sneaky, intelligent lyrics.

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The Past Is A Grotesque Animal; amazing; superb; wonderful.

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The Beatles of the 00's


Brilliant music writing, but can be hit or miss. Give the following songs a listen and be hooked! "Suffer for Fashion", "Heimdalsgate..." and "She's a Rejector"

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Kevin Barnes on Extacy


First, a warning: this is not the Of Montreal you remember from the late ‘90s. Anyway, the good here is the emotional depth. You really feel like you're along for the ride as somebody's life is falling apart and they decide to escape it all by checking out the local rave and popping a couple pills of e. At its height it really is a powerful mix (the album, not the extacy). "...Grotesque Animal" and "Bunny..." are great examples of this. On the other hand, those of you looking for typical Elephant Six psych-pop may be disappointed. The melodic, chipmunk-like vocals and jangly rubber guitars of their early albums are gone and replaced with disco beats and synths. This doesn't make Hissing Fauna better or worse, just different in a way that might appeal to some and turn away others. However, even as somebody who would much rather listen to "The Gay Parade," I would agree that this album is worth your time and attention.

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Interview: Of Montreal

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

Kevin Barnes, the force behind Of Montreal, is one weird dude — as we sat down to talk, he asked me (in all seriousness, or something close to it) if I thought that aliens were trying to hypnotize Earth's horses with psychic transmissions. He's also an incredibly prolific musician: the new Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? is just the latest in a barrage of psychedelic indie-pop albums he's released over the last decade, most… more »

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After an impressive showing with 2004′s Satanic Panic in the Attic and a jubilant follow-up in 2005′s Sunlandic Twins, Of Montreal captain Kevin Barnes fell on some peculiar times. The birth of a daughter, alienation and depression in Norway, and subsequent separation from his wife and new child gave him plenty to mull over, work out, and serve up on 2007′s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? At first glance, longtime Of Montreal followers might throw up their arms in dismay as Barnes moves well away from the usual slice-of-life character studies he’s made such good use of over the past few years — no pop-challenged London cabbies or paranoid senior citizens on Hissing. No sir. In fact, it’s all about him — every stitch of it. It’s Kevin Barnes trying to woo himself out of a deep funk (“Suffer for Fashion,” “Sink the Seine,” and especially “Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse”), lashing out (“She’s a Rejecter”), or taking a dip in the self-pity pool (the epic wallower “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal” is nearly 12 minutes of drone-dance affirmations). At first, it’s an alarming listening experience. Where’s the self-assured, polished pop maestro who made such a fine showing on the past two albums? He took one hell of a beating, that’s for sure. The Kevin Barnes heard here has a bone to pick, issues to work out, and a big ol’ chip on his shoulder — and, man, does it show. The music and production reflect this as much as the lyrical content. Barnes throws every trick in his book at every arrangement, lending every track a definite “I’ll show you!!” vibe. And show he does. The explosive opener, “Suffer for Fashion,” exceeds every over the top anthem he’s ever penned in one 2:58 ejaculation, and the alternately swaggering and smooth “Cato as a Pun” melds a gutsy guitar riff with a gorgeously fussed-over verse. Production-wise, it’s quite an achievement — the whole thing — and, coupled with the bile and bitterness of the lyrics, makes for an exhausting experience in the headphones. There might be stray moments of whimsy, in the tunes and verse, but they are scant, and they hardly provide the lighthearted breathing room fans are used to receiving from the man. “Light” is not a word useful in describing any portion of this excursion, and the serious tone of this record may cause some hand wringing among even the dedicated. It’s a challenging but ultimately rewarding album — and one that definitely requires some thoughtful attention from the listener. Don’t stow this one back on the shelf just yet — it’s a “grower.” – J. Scott McClintock

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