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Of Montreal
Satanic Twins
Polyvinyl Records
www.ofmontreal.net


Before the release of their latest album, Hissing Fauna are you the Destroyer?, Of Montreal decided to re-release select songs from Sunlandic Twins and Satanic Panic in the Attic. This, however, isn't merely a reissue, but rather a collection of remixes taken on by various artists. It almost seems like a novel idea. It is practically a natural progression for Of Montreal because they are known for their hyper infectious indie-pop. Their sound alone is practically the epitome of music that makes you want to get up and dance. Unfortunately, the remixes deter from that idea and it becomes painfully apparent someone obviously took a wrong turn.

Satanic Twins as a whole is a bit of a minor disappointment in comparison to some of their other work. While some of the remixes remain strong, others fall flat. Instead of staying fresh, upbeat and playful, the approach just deters too far away from the things that made these good songs to begin with. For instance in "I Was Never Young" the beginning starts off playful with the plucking of strings, but later segues into head man Kevin Barnes sounding dazed as he sings the verses, making it sound too spacey. By two minutes and thirty-five seconds into it, all the listener hears is the phrase "I was never young" repeated for the duration of the song. Not exactly one of the finer moments on the album.

There are a few plus moments to the album such as "The Party's Crashing Us Now." The song proves to be a winner when it starts off with a hypnotic electronic 80's sound. Still staying with the fun attitude of the original, and while I'm not a fan of the rave dance club sound, the remixes on this song give it an extra little boost of fun. Looking at the album as a whole, this pattern seems to follow throughout. The songs that are quality remain true to their originals, adding a bit of extra spice.

The album as a whole isn't a complete flop, but I really wouldn't swear by it. Perhaps Of Montreal is just so good at their craft of creating this type of music that any other tweaking just isn't good enough for head man Kevin Barnes' genius. Or, maybe, the ratios of artists doing the remixing aren't as good as they think.

-Teresa Moreno

Track listing:
1. Disconnect The Dots (Mixel Pixel remix)
2. How Lester Lost His Wife (Pocket remix)
3. My British Tour Diary (Restiform Bodies (anticon.) remix)
4. Climb The Ladder (Rory Phillips Trash UK remix)
5. Chrissy Kiss The Corpse (Nils Lannon remix)
6. Rapture Rapes The Muses (DJ Dave P. and Adam Sparkles Making
Time remix)
7. Forecast Fascist Future (IQU remix)
8. The Party's Crashing Us (I Am The World Trade Center remix)
9. Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games (Broken Spindles remix)
10. I Was A Landscape In Your Dream (Grizzly Bear remix)
11. Requiem for O.M.M.2 (United State of Electronica remix)
12.I Was Never Young (Supersystem remix)



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