Skeletal Lamping

of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2008 Ratings: #300 / 742
Year End Rank: #48
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Based on 53 ratings
2008 Ratings: #42
October 21, 2008 / Release Date
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If there's any lingering suspicion that alter ego Georgie Fruit was merely an offhand whimsy by Kevin Barnes-- just tongue-in-cheek self-mystification-- Skeletal Lamping will clear things up. Last year's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? was so rich with cathartic pop goodness it's easy to forget Barnes supposedly morphed into a middle-aged African-American transsexual midway through the album. And he hasn't yet changed back. Longtime fans still hoping for a return to The Gay Parade or Cherry Peel days of innocence may want to stop reading, because Skeletal Lamping roofies Hissing Fauna's back half to live out Barnes', er, Georgie's sexual fantasies.

I initially had this album rated at 90, but the older I get and the more I listen to it, I realise that I love it just as much as its predecessor, 'Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?' It is a sexually-driven funk album filled with perversions, a distinct Bowie wit and charm, and just the right amount of campness. Kevin Barnes' notoriously elusive and cryptic lyrics are on full display throughout as he develops his indomitable alter-ego of Georgie Fruit. For me, 'Skeletal Lamping' elicits an ... read more
Groovy Psicodélico bastante cambiante, muchos blends entre canciones, y con un estilo Disco a diferencia de sus otros discos.
Pitchfork's unjust review really sunk the hype for this one, unfortunately. It rates among Barnes' best work. It's a proper follow-up to Hissing Fauna, though a step down from that near-unattainable standard. It finds Barnes at his most Bowie-esque, but the ramped-up sexuality of this record might make even David blush.
Perhaps my favourite of Montreal record to date. Their 2008 LP "Skeletal Lamping" shows Kevin Barnes at his most theatrical and flamboyant yet. The production of this album feels more euphoric in a sense that it tends to move into different sonic avenues throughout. A must listen for any fans of psychedelic music.
Worth a listen
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Track List

  1. Nonpareil of Favor
  2. Wicked Wisdom
  3. For Our Elegant Caste
  4. Touched Something's Hollow
  5. An Eluardian Instance
  6. Gallery Piece
  7. Women's Studies Victims
  8. St. Exquisite's Confessions
  9. Triphallus, to Punctuate!
  10. And I've Seen a Bloody Shadow
  11. Plastis Wafer
  12. Death Isn't a Parallel Move
  13. Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
  14. Mingusings
  15. Id Engager
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