Friday, October 2, 2009

THE 100 BEST ALBUMS of 2000-2009:

Hissing Fauna, are you the Destroyer? (Of Montreal) (2007): lead singer, Kevin Barnes decided to record an entire album around a separation from his wife after scurrying to Norway. The air there must be conducive because Hissing Fauna—the band’s eight release—easily surpasses anything they’ve done before. Besides, who knew men could do such a bitchy, insane break up album?! The album shamelessly parodies so many funk concepts but when Barnes suffuses the songs with his wry sensibilities and catty glam intent, all is forgiven. Amid all this lashing out though lies lyrical pain; ‘oh no/ she’s a rejecter/ I must protect myself/ there’s the girl that left me bitter’, he shrieks viciously on She’s a Rejecter. Gronlandic Edit slows the tempo down to a whisper, uttering a haunting refrain. Cato as a Pun is the cry out of help wrapped up in self-doubt. Labyrinthian Pomp is dead-on the Bowie vibe that is so omnipresent in male pop fabulists. A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger (‘I spent the winter/ on the verge of a nervous breakdown/ while living in Norway’) and We were born the Mutants again with Leafling ( ‘we love to view unfortunate passions…’) rotate their fabulousness while pandering to pain. Toss in the best white-boy Prince funk of the decade (Bunny ain’t no kind of Rider, Faberge falls for Shuggie) and garnish with Beatles flavor and voila, this tasty treat is done just right. ()

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