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Skeletal Lamping

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Nonpareil of Favor
Wicked Wisdom
For Our Elegant Caste
Touched Something's Hollow
An Eluardian Instance
Gallery Piece
Women's Studies Victims
St. Exquisite's Confessions
Triphallus, To Punctuate!
And I've Seen A Bloody Shadow
Plastis Wafer
Death Is Not A Parallel Move
Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
Id Engager
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Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 57:56

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Lindsey Thomas


Lindsey Thomas began writing about music as a snarky columnist for her high school newspaper. She has since become slightly less snarky, and has worked as an ed...more »

Of Montreal, Skeletal Lamping
2008 | Label: Polyvinyl Records

Any good concept album has a compelling character at its core, and Skeletal Lamping is no exception. Protagonist Georgie Fruit isn't just any transgender middle-aged black man — he has undergone multiple sex changes, making him the perfect alter ego for charismatic and chameleonic Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes, whose musical persona is capricious, unsettled and over-the-top. And also very horny.

Skeletal Lamping is packed with blush-worthy come-ons draped in imitation-Prince squeals. Georgie, throughout the album,… read more »

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first and last


this is first album by Of montreal I came across and have to say I happened to listen to it like 500 times and still don´t have enough. it´s such a complex masterpiece with some crazy tunes and vocals. It takes a while to get used to crazy sampling but the rewards are great! ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT!

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wore it out and it holds up


I liked this one when it came out a year ago, listened to it constantly, and then stopped. I've gone back to it lately and discovered it sounds every bit as fresh as it did a year ago. Great tunes and a wicked sense of humor.

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Their Greatest Album Yet


Yes, the band continues to mature. I think Kevin Barnes is getting ADD or has some short attention span because each song is really a collection of a few 50 second songs. But it works...Try the following songs, "Id Engager", "An Eluardian..." and "Nonpareil of Favor".

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A bit of a hangover


While not an absolute disappointment ('Eluardian Instance' is certainly worth a listen or two, or three...), this album suffers from a kind of pseudo-sophomore slump. Pitchfork put it kindly, calling it a 'victory lap' after Hissing Fauna. Whatever it is, I didn't have the patience for it.

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GREAT album


This was the first Of Montreal I listened to, I liked it so much I got 5 more albums by them. One of the most played albums on my ipod.

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do you want to feel dirty and gross?


I LOVED Hissing Fauna and was very excited to fall in love with this album. Unfortunately, then I heard it. The lyrics are so demented and perverse that I found it unlistenable. Like always, Barnes writes manic infectious indiepop, but this time, the lyrics turn my stomach. The most dissappointing album I've ever "bought." Be warned.

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A heartbreaking work of staggering genius


I have been unhealthily obsessed with this album for weeks now. It's like aural crack, sometimes I have to ban myself from listening to it. The genius is in the way he cuts the pure pop with noise and unexpected changes...it's almost exploitative the way he ratchets up the hooks and then stops short just as you're stuck in the melody. Addictive.

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Brilliant... Perfoming In Alter-Ego


Where have I been? This is my very first introduction to Of Montreal and I have to say "Oh my, what a discovery it is". The first few listens were interesting and quite quirky but I thought the novelty would quickly wear off. How wrong was I? The polar opposite happened. Now I simply cannot get enough. I've downloaded a few more OM albums but I've got to say this is my favorite, hands down. I've been looking for similar bands but they really fall short. Barnes reminds me of a mix between Freddie Mercury and Edward Ka-Spel of the Legendary Pink Dots fame.

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Kevin Barnes tries too hard


I am quite disappointed with this album. Barnes' songwriting can be very interesting, giving the limited form rock and lyric songwriting is, but on this album, he tries to expand the form of the song at the expense of real interest. Some of the songs begin with a brilliant form, with excellent and interesting melody and harmonic structure, and then devolve with a poor transition to something "experimental." It's unforntuate, because he's done "experiment" right before, but here it just sounds as if he's attempting to expand the possibilities of rock, and in my view, fails.

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Most Addicting Album of Year


My first couple listens to this were rough, it's a dense album and seems pretty scattered at first couple listens. Then it took hold. I ended up listening to this album almost 10 times a day for a few days straight. There are no song pauses on the album, so once you start it, you're strapped in for the next hour-plus. Luckily, it's a great ride to be strapped in on. I think this has to now be my favorite OM album. I really liked Hissing Fauana, but this one is far more addictive, and generally more fun. Might not be as artistically sound, but when is art fun anyway?

eMusic Features


Interview: Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

Ten years ago, Kevin Barnes would have seemed like the least-likely-to-succeed satellite of the Athens, Georgia-based Elephant 6 troupe, a loose collective of bands and artists that became a mini-phenomenon among indie-rock fans in the mid-to-late-'90s. Barnes 'group, Of Montreal, were maybe the most whimsical of the E6'ers; their early records, even ones as good as 1999's The Gay Parade, were more notable for what they weren't (meaning, actually from the '60s) as for what… more »

They Say All Music Guide

During the closing moments of 2007′s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, bandleader Kevin Barnes introduced his alter ego, an effeminate singer by the name of Georgie Fruit. One year later, that character runs amok on Skeletal Lamping, having wrenched the spotlight away from Barnes’ sugary pop and trained it on an ambitious hybrid of glam rock, experimental R&B, and Scissor Sisters-styled sex-funk. Barnes sounds truly uninhibited under the Fruit guise, making declarations like “I’m just a black she-male!” with flamboyant confidence. Such a shift in direction marks Of Montreal’s ascent into the psychedelic clouds where Ziggy Stardust once flew, only this time, the listener catches a ride on the back of a transgendered Prince fanatic whose songs are fragmented and confusing, yet still peppered with irresistible hooks. Like the album’s cover art (an origami-influenced billfold whose flaps unfurl to form a giant floral display), Skeletal Lamping demands attention by being purposely puzzling. The music is extravagant and elaborate; each song is comprised of multiple vignettes, many of them completely different in style, and each track spills into the next. It’s interesting to watch the pieces fit together — to pinpoint the exact second where one song ends and another one begins. But whether or not you enjoy Skeletal Lamping depends on your tolerance for unchecked ambition and left-field experimentation, both of which are emphasized here. Of Montreal have rarely sounded so free, so unrestrained, but this is a love-it-or-lump-it album, a polarizing effort that — depending on personal preference — is either irresistibly attractive or overzealously pretentious. – Andrew Leahey

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