Of Montreal | Skeletal Lamping

Polyvinyl (2008)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 31, 2008
2.5 2.5 Stars

Kevin Barnes is nothing if not generous. On the ninth studio disc he’s released as Of Montreal, he offers 15 new tunes, most of which function like mini-suites of three or four or nine songs-within-songs.

At a moment when the album is quickly losing ground to the single as a commodity, Barnes appears more concerned than ever with giving good value. And his munificence isn’t limited to the recording studio: “I wanna make you come 200 times a day,” he sings over a shower of trebly guitar sparkles in “Gallery Piece,” one of Skeletal Lamping’s many, many sex-soaked glam-funk jams. As was the case with last year’s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? — which triggered Of Montreal’s transition from well-respected underground institution to indie-scene A-listers — it’s impossible not to admire his compositional breadth; only Beck shape-shifts with more authority or invention.

But Barnes’s material isn’t as sharp this time, as you can hear in “Nonpareil of Favor,” where a delightful disco-pop romp derails into formless noise-band jamming. This feast isn’t without a good deal of filler. 

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