Sound — 10
Again, Kevin Barnes, child prodigy and head of Of Montreal pulls through an array of jumpy rhythms tangled in genius melodies. As in the song, "Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider", the tangle of an intricate melody divided among three vocalists during the lyric "You ain't got no soul power." And the dance factor-bass lines-that assure jumpy, dance-able songs were not absent here. Another concept album that must be listened to from "Suffer For Fashion" to "We Were Born Mutants Again With Leafling." The Beatle-esque melody work is never forgotten in this album. And the song structure reminiscent of Queen, the production style of using a song as a mass canvas-is shown through a clean mirror.
Lyrics — 10
As a concept album, the lyrics of this album will, to most, seem unorthodox. Yet, though at first hear they may seem pointless, it is always assured that the lyrics have a quality of genius and memorability as well as a feeling that they are the shouts of an anthem. As in "She's A Rejector": "There's the girl that left me bitter. Want to pay some other girl to just walk up to her and hit her but I can't." Kevin revisits the power and unseemingly aesthetic lyric production of The Sunlandic Twins-each lyric enveloped with the stories of romance(unworldy things)as outlets to telling his own personal stories. Kevin again has the power to assert these lyrics in ways so that the listener feels as if he/she is utterly and completely familiar with the tune upon the first listen.
Overall Impression — 10
Following the trends of the sounds beginning from the Sunlandic Twins this album is a complete success. Through the entire work, there is no song that would give a listener an itch to press the next button. As always Of Montreal puts out an apex produced work that made myself personally play the album 50+ times upon first receiving it. Kevin Barnes and Company show again why they are the atop the throne of the Indie Pop scene.