AOTY 2019

False Priest

of Montreal - False Priest
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2010 Ratings: #387 / 865
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2010 Ratings: #178
September 14, 2010 / Release Date
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Polyvinyl / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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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.


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.


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.


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.

Cool and fun psychdelic trip through of Montreal's collective mind.
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Year End Lists

#30/The Line of Best Fit
#44/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. I Feel Ya’ Strutter 
  2. Our Riotous Defects 
  3. Coquet Coquette 
  4. Godly Intersex 
  5. Enemy Gene 
  6. Hydra Fancies 
  7. Like a Tourist 
  8. Sex Karma 
  9. Girl Named Hello 
  10. Famine Affair 
  11. Casualty of You 
  12. Around the Way 
  13. You Do Mutilate?

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