Stereo Hysteria
Record of the day: of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (2007). A shining example of how much an album can change (in this case, for the better) in the transition from CD to vinyl. The original album seemed to be sequenced as a bildungsroman chronicling Kevin Barnes’ progression from emotionally wrought indie pop wunderkind to black shemale Georgie Fruit, who trades in the sort of Prince-aping dance pop that yielded diminishing returns on subsequent of Montreal albums. But on vinyl, the Georgie Fruit tracks are consolidated on side three, where they become less the album’s concluding statement than a catchy yet ultimately emotionally empty diversion that works as a perfect setup for the bleak side four (previously released as the EP ‘Icons, Abstract Thee’). The romantic disillusionment that recurs throughout the album finds its purest outlet on the album’s new finale, “No Conclusion,” which echoes side two’s centerpiece “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal” in both its extended running time and nihilistic lyrics. But “No Conclusion,” contrary to its title, ends the album with a tidy summing-up of the angst running through the rest of the album: that romantic relationships are generally futile and doomed to failure. It’s a grim way to end, but it’s also delivered with a lovely melody punctuated by a bittersweet string arrangement. Simply put, the CD version now seems horribly incomplete, a book with the last few chapters ripped out. (Plus David Barnes’ awesomely ornate packaging is a fittingly maximalist visual representation of the music.)
Record of the day: of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (2007). A shining example of how much an album can change (in this case, for the better) in the transition from CD to vinyl. The original album seemed to be sequenced as a bildungsroman chronicling Kevin Barnes’ progression from emotionally wrought indie pop wunderkind to black shemale Georgie Fruit, who trades in the sort of Prince-aping dance pop that yielded diminishing returns on subsequent of Montreal albums. But on vinyl, the Georgie Fruit tracks are consolidated on side three, where they become less the album’s concluding statement than a catchy yet ultimately emotionally empty diversion that works as a perfect setup for the bleak side four (previously released as the EP ‘Icons, Abstract Thee’). The romantic disillusionment that recurs throughout the album finds its purest outlet on the album’s new finale, “No Conclusion,” which echoes side two’s centerpiece “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal” in both its extended running time and nihilistic lyrics. But “No Conclusion,” contrary to its title, ends the album with a tidy summing-up of the angst running through the rest of the album: that romantic relationships are generally futile and doomed to failure. It’s a grim way to end, but it’s also delivered with a lovely melody punctuated by a bittersweet string arrangement. Simply put, the CD version now seems horribly incomplete, a book with the last few chapters ripped out. (Plus David Barnes’ awesomely ornate packaging is a fittingly maximalist visual representation of the music.)
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