Of Montreal
Satanic Panic in the Attic



by Well_Respected_Man USER (13 Reviews)
January 15th, 2005 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Of Montreal - Satanic Panic in the Attic

Letís say Iím a crack head and the Elephant 6 label is my crack. In the case Of Montrealís Satanic Panic in the Attic Iíve scored some of the best crack Iíve ever got next to Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, and The Apples in Stereo. Seriously, I only got this album two days and itís been in the CD player nonstop.

In case you have no idea what Iím talking about, Of Montreal is a poppy psychedelic band located in Athens, Georgia. This album was released this year (2004) and is their 7th studio release. To get an Idea of what they sound like play the MP3ís I have included at the bottom of this review.

In relation to other Of Montreal releases this one may be their most catchy. This is especially obvious with "Disconnect the Dots" with its handclaps and playful lyrics you could swear this was a song for Sesame Street. Now this could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you are. Under no conditions would I tell a metal head to listen to this band without knowing that they actually liked this type of Music. With that said, there are some rock moments in the record. The chorus for "Spike the Senses" sounds like a fuzz monster had decided to pay a visit during recording. Actually there are no slow songs on Satanic Panic in the Attic except the acoustic tune "City Bird".

The singing here is great and provide many of the albums best hooks in songs that have otherwise been mediocre. Thereís no shortage of cool noises either which something I always love. Overall the structures and melodies are nicely constructed and flow right into each other without problem.

I love the lyrics and themes too. I never thought it was possible to make a song about kissing dead corpses so catchy and the lyrics from My British Tour Diary are great.

"On our trip to England I noticed something obscene
People still actually give a shit about the Queen."

Satanic Panic in the Attic is quite a fun record. The cover art fits the mood perfectly. So if you are a fan of Neo- Psychedelia or traditional Psychedelia like The Beatles and The Beach Boys I would highly recommend this album

4.7/5 This is going to be one of my favorite albums of the year.

Two songs from the album
[URL=http://www.ofmontreal.net/disconnect_the_dots.mp3]Disconnect the Dots[/URL]

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Distorted Vision
October 11th 2004


Letís say Iím a crack head and the Elephant 6 label is my crack. In the case Of Montrealís Satanic Panic in the Attic Iíve scored some of the best crack Iíve ever got.[/QUOTE]


Nice comparison. I listened to those tracks and they're pretty, they've got that Beatles kinda vibe going on, but not too psychadelic. Anywho, good review, and you made me laugh.

October 11th 2004


I like it. could you please define psychedelia for me?

October 11th 2004


Neo psychedelia?

what all music says
and a thread i made not too long ago

Robert Crumb
October 11th 2004


Kevin Barnes is one of my favorite songwriters and this is such a great example of why. The album is probably about 90% him and him alone, a big shift from the band atmosphere of his past stuff. There's a lot of electronic tricks on this one was kind of surprising when I first heard it but this album has been one of the few this year that I continually go back to. It's not perfect and if you can't stand falsettos, synths and happiness, it's probably not worth a bother but it's really good stuff. I've heard that some copies come with a covers EP, but mine didn't :upset:. They've got 'em for download at their website though, The Shins, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, V Twin's and Broadcast. It's such a varied album, he's put together such an interesting mix. I love the riff off of "How Lester Lost His Wife." It's almost heavy, which is odd coming from a band who had an album named The Gay Parade. What I love most though, is Barne's lyricism, it's so atypical and just uniquely out there. Plus the artwork on the album is top, done by Barnes' brother David. Yar, diarrhea of the keyboard.

Nice review. :thumb:

October 13th 2004


I'm very interested in this style of music. You better believe I'll be checking this out.

October 14th 2004


[QUOTE=Kaden]I'm very interested in this style of music. You better believe I'll be checking this out.[/QUOTE]
Awesome, Make sure you check out Olivia Tremor Control too. :thumb:

October 14th 2004


[QUOTE=Well_Respected_Man]Awesome, Make sure you check out Olivia Tremor Control too. :thumb:[/QUOTE]
Review one!

August 26th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

This album is amazing

June 6th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

good review. this album is awesome though. and yeah, it really is basically only kevin barnes doing everything with very little help. the drumming is one thing that is so aweosme on this cd. really pay attention to it. its sweet

March 22nd 2007


This is brilliant. After only three listens, I want to rate it 4,5.

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