Top 10 Records of 2007 - Number Two
When I first put pen to paper and listed my top 10 records of 2007, this record was in the bottom half of the list. But over the past couple weeks, as I have been listening almost exclusively to my top 10 list, I've moved this up, and up, and up. The reason is simple. Hissing Fauna is the most complete record on the list. It is a record that works best listened start to finish. Sure there are standout tracks, like Suffer For Fashion, She's A Rejector, Faberge, Heimdalsgate, and several more. But when I listen to any of the tracks solo, I expect and want to hear the next track at the end of the song. That's a record.
For those who don't know, Of Montreal is based in Athens Georgia and is the handiwork of a talented musician named Kevin Barnes. He's the front man for the band and he did all of the songwriting on this record. Maybe that's why it flows so well from start to finish.
The music is neo-psychedelic pop. Think Beach Boys meet Sgt Pepper with a bit of George Clinton and techo thrown in for good measure.
Here's one of my favorite tracks, called A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger