Graham Reid | | 1 min read
With their falsetto funk, tongue-in-cheek humour, camp dramatics, clever dynamics, pop-smarts and outrageous sense of fun, Of Montreal out of Athens, Georgia sound like Queen or a Fame-era Bowie for the 21st century.
And if their terrific Skeletal Lamping of 2009 staked
out their distinctive ground, this silly, suggestive, sexy and
cinematic-sounding sequel just layers on the irony.
On Our Riotous Defects frontman
Kevin Barnes speak-sings his way through a fraught relationship with
a crazy girl (“I did everything I could to make you happy, I
participated in all your protests, supported your stupid little
blog . . . but still we fought, like Ike and Tina Turner in
reverse”), Coquet Coquette rides a punching Eighties rock
riff, and they also slink around in r'n'b funk (Godly Intersex),
Prince-like pop (Like a Tourist with
the memorable line “you fetishize the archetype”) and
classic ennui-filled Eighties synth-pop (Famine Affair).
Guests are Solange Knowles (Beyonce's
sister) and Janelle Monae, but you can hardly escape Barnes' literate
or funny lyrics (“you uncalibrate my skull . . . thought she was my
Annie Hall, or at least my Ali McGraw”) or the everything'n'kitchen
sink production which, remarkably, still manages to sound crisp and
danceable even when a guitar landslide arrives with backing vocals.
Two songs too long, but sign up for the fun resurrection.
You'll be dancing and laughing.
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