BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2009 Of Montreal: Skeletal Lamping (Pop Frenzy/Rhythmethod)

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BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2009 Of Montreal: Skeletal Lamping (Pop Frenzy/Rhythmethod)

Unless they come with a DVD (rare), there's not much added-value with CDs. Not like in olden days when you could get a gatefold sleeve on an album.

This camp, goodtime pop-funk and sex obssessed outfit from Georgia offer much added value if you buy the CD: it comes with an elaborate, multi-coloured fold-out sleeve that reaches 60cm across. That's a lot of colourful flowers, writing bodies, bird life, suggestions of genitalia . . .

What's inside the package is just as colourful and suggestive: frontman Kevin Barnes borrows from funk, Prince at his most outre, disco-ballads, sexy soul, pure pop, art-rock, glam, Queen,  . . .

And Barnes unashamedy traverses sex of all kinds from the sluttish to the sublime in songs which have odd melodic twists, instantly memorable pop hooks and choruses, odd sonic flourishes, changes of mood . . .

"We can do it soft core if you want, but you should know I go both ways," he sings on the improbably poppy and impossibly named For Our Elegant Caste. Later he also wants to be your love, hurt your pride, paint your nails, kiss your friends . . .

Like an ambi-sexual Kool and the Gang, an even more specific Prince and a shameless porn star, this album is by turns hilariously rude, coquettish, louche, funky and just a big bag of fun.

Apparently Of Montreal are something to see on stage -- and they come to Auckland and Wellington in February. A show not to be missed is my pick. 

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