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Lousy With Sylvianbriar - POLYVINYL
FILTER Grade: 85%

By Zack Kraimer on October 8, 2013

 

of Montreal

Varied though they are, of Montreal records usually share some qualities—intimate lyrics, expressive melodies, detailed arrangements and airtight vocal harmonies among them. Those are all present on Lousy with Sylvianbriar, even with its avant-country flavor and slimmed-down production. Sylvianbriar brings a sunny openness to of Montreal’s ever-evolving cache with its sweeping changes in styles and instrumentation and adherence to more traditional song structures. Only Kevin Barnes could have conceived these songs—even though they sound like little else in his repertoire.  

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