of Montreal’s iconic and what some would say their best album, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, has been rendered in to a striking double picture disc. This album precedes the much (for whatever reason) reviled Skeletal Lamping (note: Skeletal Lamping is what got me hooked on to of Montreal). There are many segments of of Montreal fans and fans who fit in to multiple segments. There’s generally pre-Satanic Panic fans and post-Satanic Panic fans, in my opinion (I appreciate both “eras,” if you will). Kevin Barnes, with his ever-revolving cast of musicians, has gone back and forth to his lo-fi rock roots and to the most glamorous of pop tunes. The man’s releasing an album every year, more or less, so we’re constantly getting to check in with where he’s at mentally – he also never seems to stop touring… You probably can’t name too many other musicians who release with the frequency he does.

This album’s reputation precedes it, so I really have nothing new to add to the conversation. However, I will point out it’s the only album I know of where the most beloved track is one of of Montreal’s longest ever (“The Past is a Grotesque Animal” – it almost comes in at twelve minutes) which makes me happy, as someone who’s beholden to genres that take their time song-wise. If you haven’t already, listen to Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? below via the Spotify stream and see what you think of it. Don’t sleep. Cheers!

The Details

[W]ith Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, of Montreal has created its masterpiece. It is an irresistible and remarkable album, sounding like a logical extension of the erratic indie-disco sounds of The Sunlandic Twins.

However, Hissing Fauna is also the most personal of Montreal album to date (2007), with Kevin Barnes, lead of Montreal songwriter, pouring tremendous amounts of emotion, heartbreak, frustration and elation into its twelve tracks.

Written and recorded primarily during what he calls "an insane year," Hissing Fauna sees Barnes adopt a new writing style. It's an unabashedly autobiographical attempt from a songwriter whose early material tended towards characters and story-songs.

Barnes continues down the whimsical pop funk path, while changing up its lyrical scope; and Hissing Fauna balances its poppy nature while showcasing brutal and unflinching honesty.


#5 /Top 50 Albums of the Year – PITCHFORK

#7 /Top 10 Albums of the Year – UNDER THE RADAR

#9 /Top 10 Albums of the Year - ASSOCIATED PRESS

Top 10 Albums of the Year - NPR ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

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