Of Montreal - Aldhils Arboretum

This is my first review in a while, so let's just get right down to it. I got this CD recently on the recommendation of someone I know, along with a few others. It's put out by Kindercore records, and somewhat fits my definition of kindercore music. The sound is lilting and light-hearted, and the lyrics somehow both innocent and slightly forlorn. It is very reminicent of (and obviously inspired by) the Beatles, with McCartney's song writing. I think this became most apparent on track 10, "Natalie and Effie in the Park". This album would definetly appeal to fans of The Apples in Stereo, I think. It is a fairly good album, the mix of 60's pop hooks and analog synth accompaniment works as well as it always does.

There isn't much innovation beyond the old retro-indiepop sound that seems to prevail in these type of bands these days. The album is forumlaic, really, but still has that cute innocent charm that defines this type of music. At it's best, Aldhils Arboretum manages to pull off what it's trying to do. That is, it sounds like a record that could have been made by an innovative 60's pop band. At it's worst, it feels like just another kindercore-type record. Of Montreal is a talented band, and I can't fault them for being good at what they do. I would recommend this record to anyone who is looking for another band not unlike Apples in Stereo, but with a different sound, but i don't think i'd try to sell it to anyone else.

Number rating and Summary:

7/10 A good album, held back only by it's lack of originality. It deserves a seven, and could indicate better things to come from this band.


Buy It

1. Doing Nothing
2. Old People in the Cemetery
3. Isn't It Nice?
4. Jennifer Louise
5. The Blank Husband Epidemic
6. Pancakes for One
7. We Are Destroying the Song
8. An Ode to the Noctural Muse
9. Predictably Sulking Sara
10. Natalie and Effie in the Park
11. A Question for Emily Foreman
12. Kissing in the Grass
13. Kid Without Claws
14. Death Dance of Omipapas and Songs for You

Written by: Jack

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