of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (2007)

of Montreal’s album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? sucks you in with a whirlwind of high pitched happy voices, poppy beats and a technoish background mix. In some ways it’s a reminder of the music of the ’70s (from the voices) and the ’80s (with computerized noises in the background), but that’s the best part of the whole album. If music videos were based on the sound of the songs then a confusing fairy land of weirdness would ensue, but it would be fun! To put it lightly, this would be a fun band to see in concert.

About halfway through the album of Montreal takes a turn into an eleven minute song, “the Past Is A Grotesque Animal.” It’s still their style, but the fact that this song goes on for eleven minutes makes the hair on one’s back stand up. Thankfully, halfway through the next song the album returns to its fun pop feel which brings joy to the soul. Simply, it’s a delightfully enjoyable album, but it’s best to skip the eleven minute song and get right on to the “so-o-o-o-o-o-o-oul” of the album.

–jc

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