Of Montreal
The Sunlandic Twins


3.5
great

Review

by Chris Jackson USER (177 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2005 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Of Montreal formed in the mid 90's and is one of my favorite pop bands. When I say pop I don't mean bands like Good Charlotte or Simple Plan. I'll explain later but just so you know Of Montreal is not like the two bands I mentioned above. In my opinion Of Montreal does not get the credit they deserve and is one of the most underated pop bands of all time. This is Of Montreal's seventh album, and although it wasn't anything mindblowing it is still a solid album.

This is an excellent pop album. Sugary keyboards, catchy guitar riffs, and funky synth sounds is what this album consists of. I would say that this is a blend of old 70's pop music, psychadelica, and rock music. When you mix these genres together you get something very catchy and accessible. This album is upbeat, fun, joyful, and very happy. Although there are some more depressing tracks I would say that this album is definately upbeat. This is pop music, but when Of Montreal mixes in hints of psychadelica, funk, rock, and atmospheric sounds it makes everything so interesting. This album is just pure fun, and it never gets old. If you are looking for some fun, quirky pop music than look no further The Sunlandic Twins is the perfect album for you.

The instruments play fairly simple roles, the guitar obviously being the main key. Throughout catchy riffs, chords, and brief solos the guitar is what really makes the music come to life. The guitar lines are just so catchy, they will be stuck in your head for days. The keyboard is the next big instrument. Funky synth noises, chords, and even dominating a few tracks the keyboard shows up often on this album. The keyboard gives this album a funky, psychadelic, synth-rock feel to these songs. It creates a quirky, and upbeat feel that makes these songs even more catchy. The iceing on the cake would have to be the bass. It shows up frequently and although it doesn't do anything special it is easy to hear on a few tracks. The instruments combine to make a fun, quirky, pop album with some minor influences of psychadelica, rock, and funk.

Kevin Barnes is an amazing songwriter and also an amazing vocalist. His vocal delivery is like your average pop band. High-pitched, quirky, and joyful, that is basically all that you can say about his vocals. Although he can be charming at times, he can also be ultra annoying. If you're not in the mood for some happy pop music you will want to kill this man. Even though this goes well with the upbeat sound of the instruments it can be annoying at times. Barnes vocals are excellent, even though they may annoy some people.

There are some downsides to this album which makes it from being an excellent or a superb album. I have noticed a decline in the number of tracks from Of Montreal. They went from 22 or 21 tracks in there earlier albums all the way down to 13 tracks. That's not exactly a bad thing but considering that three of these tracks are instrumentals that means 10 tracks with lyrics, and even though you don't need lyrics to create good music it just really doesn't work well. The other problem is that the album seems to be lacking something. While these songs are catchy and upbeat there isn't enough substance to keep this album from being a bore at times. I enjoy just about all of these tracks, but sometimes this music seems bland. Other than that this album has no other flaws.

Overall this is an excellent pop album. The hooks are catchy, the synth noises are superb and this album strives when you want some upbeat and joyful music. Even though these songs can sound bland and dull at times it doesn't bring the album down that much. With thirteen tracks and three of them being instrumentals there is some filler, but once again it doesn't bring the album down too much. This is like heaven for pop fans. Sugary guitar riffs, poppy keyboards and with Kevin Barnes happy vocal delivery this music is pure fun. If you want some sugary pop music than you should really pick up The Sunlandic Twins because there is no better album if you like that kind of music.

Overall Rating : 4/5

ros: Catchy songs // Fun and upbeat // No Bad Tracks

Cons: Vocals can get annoying // Thirteen tracks and three instrumentals

Recommended Tracks :Requiem For O.M.M.2 // The Party Is Crashing Us // Oslo In The Summertime



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zebra
Moderator
November 22nd 2005


2647 Comments


I agree.

Coquelicot and Gay Parade are a lot better than this and hopefully I can get around to reviewing them some time soon.

Jawaharal
November 22nd 2005


1832 Comments


I never really got into this band. Pyschadelic stuff really isn't my thing.

Gay Parade is pretty good though, so is your review.

pulseczar
November 22nd 2005


2385 Comments


I was hoping to review some Of Montreal soon, they're awesome. Nice review, you're probably the only sputnik reviewer ever ever to be so consistent

mx
Moderator
January 26th 2006


733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've been getting into this lately

drewplaysbass339
June 22nd 2006


11 Comments


same. Wraith Pinned to the mist and other games is one catchy song. And has one of the greatest videos ever. Be sure to check it out

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2006


15743 Comments


My girlfriend loves these guys, but I have yet to hear them. Great review.

Doonothing
December 13th 2006


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Which Of Montreal album should I get first? I've never heard any of their stuff, but they seem to be my kind of band.

drewhnovak
October 28th 2007


41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is anyone else simply obsessed with So Begins Our Alabee? It's just so DAMN CATCHY.

Shrapnel94
February 6th 2010


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, this destroys Hissing Fauna.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2010


10576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^fact. check out satanic panic it's my fave

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illmitch
February 6th 2010


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the sunlandic twins was my first of montreal album and i think it'll always be my favorite

Shrapnel94
February 7th 2010


2213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So Begins Our Alabee is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooooood

ihopeuchoke
March 5th 2010


668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just starting to listen to these guys. I'm starting out with this album. My gf would always play Wraith Pinned to The Mist and Other Games and loved it.

brutebeard
July 26th 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

After Hissing Fauna, is this the album to get into? They seem like geniuses

klap
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2010


10576 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my favorite is satanic panic but this rules as well

brutebeard
July 27th 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok i will experiment

kevin234
March 11th 2011


238 Comments


i understand ur an emiritus. but seriously? this writing is prtty bland. "Kevin Barnes is an amazing songwriter and also an amazing vocalist. His vocal delivery is like your average pop band." are you also in junior high? give me some substance.

Anthracks
February 15th 2012


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

second half is so unf

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Anthracks
February 20th 2012


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

like every other oM album, this has grown to the point of me not being able to contain my love for it

Anthracks
April 7th 2012


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think Art Snob Solutions is my favorite lyrical performance evar; mostly because in a way it makes fun of everyone on this site



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