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Review: Of Montreal, Icons, Abstract Thee

“Icons, Abstract Thee” is a five song EP that contains tracks from the sessions that produced Of Montreal’s “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?” and were left off that album.  Rather than sounding like a collection of scraps icons ab theeand undeveloped odds and ends, “Icons, Abstract Thee” presents a set of additional songs that fit seamlessly with “Hissing Fauna”.  The earlier album chronicled Kevin Barnes’ rage, depression, sorrow, despair, self loathing, and vitriol stemming from the breakup of his marriage set to mostly bouncy, upbeat music that stands in sharp and striking contrast to the lyrics.  It’s combination of the nakedly personal with hook laden hummable tunes is often brilliant and is far, far removed from the overwrought angst typically associated with emo.  “Icons” is more of the same.  Every one of the tunes on “Icon” could have been included on “Hissing Fauna” without loss of quality or consistency of focus.

Recommendations for “Icons, Abstract Thee” are easy:  If you liked “Hissing Fauna”, you will surely want to listen to “Icons” as well.  If you haven’t heard either CD but are intrigued, start with “Hissing Fauna” and if you like it, continue with “Icons”.  If you don’t want to come face to face with the naked pain of a marriage gone bad, either stay away or find a way to listen to the music without registering the words.


08/31/2007 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews

1 Comment »

  1. […] More tracks from the “Hissing Fauna” sessions can be found on “Icons, Abstract Thee“ […]

    Pingback by Review: Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? « Tuned In To Music | 08/31/2007 | Reply

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