- False Priest

of Montreal - False Priest
CRITIC SCORE
72
Based on 23 reviews
2010 Rank: #351 / 824
USER SCORE
75
Based on
22 ratings

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80
Drowned in Sound

An inventive, richly melodic and generally superb-sounding record that finally permits the listener to sit back and enjoy Barnes' black Seventies influences, yet falling a little short of its two predecessors by dint of lacking their cohesion and emotional weight.

67
Pitchfork

The most enticing aspects of the band's R&B are the places where it deviates from the recipe: its acidic, self-loathing undercurrent, its sugar-high unpredictability.

60
musicOMH

Of Montreal's 2007 album, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, is one of the best 'breakdown' albums ever. In a reversal of most artistic endeavours, the more self-indulgent and navel-gazing singer-songwriter Kevin Barnes' writing became, the more inclusive and enjoyable the album proved as a listening experience. The follow-up, 2008's Skeletal Lamping, took the funky rhythms and sex-fixated lyrics of Hissing Fauna and screwed them up into a knotty, continuous song cycle. It proved mostly successful, although even Skeletal Lamping's most avid fans are unlikely to listen to it regularly.

50
PopMatters

False Priest is certainly a notable step-up from Skeletal Lamping, the release where Barnes lost me as a fan. False Priest doesn’t do enough to reel folks like me back into the hype machine, mainly because the lyrics are simply too dense and abstract to enjoy in this setting.

SiberianBreaks
68
'False Priest' continues on with the unpredictability from 'Skeletal Lamping.' It's also a lot more RnB-influenced and funky this time around. The features with Janelle Monae and Solange Knowles are also pretty neat and add some variety to this album. My main problem overall is how chaotic this album gets. Sometimes it just gets way too insane to a point of being unmemorable.

Favourite tracks: Our Riotous Defects, Coquet Coquette, Enemy Gene
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