Bedside Drama: a Petite Tragedy

Bedside Drama: a Petite Tragedy

~Of Montreal

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Official Release Date Oct 27, 2009
Artist Of Montreal
Genre Pop
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0005148110
Item Code  0644110011015

track listing

1. One of a Very Few of a Kind2. Happy Yellow Bumblebee3. Little Viola Hidden in the Orchestra4. Sing You a Love You Song5. The Couple s First Kiss6. Honeymoon in San Fransisco7. Cutie Pie8. Panda Bear9. Please Tell Me So10. My Darling, I ve Forgotten11. If You Feel You Must Go, Don t Go!12. Just Recently Lost Something of Importance13. The Hollow Room14. It s Easy to Sleep When You re Dead15. In the Army Kid16. Montreal Makes Me Sad Again


A continuation and maturation of the playfulness exhibited on earlier releases, Of Montreal create the brand of theatrical psychedelic pop that many of their '60s predecessors hinted at but only few achieved. Overall less overtly rock-influenced than either Cherry Peel or Horse and Elephant Eatery, Kevin Barnes continues to change chords with nearly every word, twirling Vaudevillian melodies that incredibly bring to life all the whimsy and melancholy of the characters he carefully orchestrates. Though these characters don't yet take on the florid personalities that would be found in later Of Montreal albums, Barnes nonetheless proved himself an adept illustrator, as he charted the dizzying highs of infatuation, the leveling off of emotion, and the devastating collapse of a relationship with a picturesque precision. Still sweetly na ve with the swinging skiffle pop of "One of a Very Few of a Kind" and the gorgeously complex melodies of "Happy Yellow Bumblebee," the latter finding the narrator becoming a bee, befriending beetles and centipedes, avoiding spiders, and getting lonely because his parents are dead and his brothers and sisters are nowhere to be found, the absurdity of the songwriting never grows tiresome. Even so, understated gloominess creeps into tracks with the dark piano strikes of "Panda Bear" and the sprightly "It's Easy to Sleep When You're Dead," although the narrator escapes with the conclusion that life is a better choice in the end. Overall, an album that marked a crucial stage in the evolution from the lo-fi garage pop of Cherry Peel to the ambitious rock carnival of The Gay Parade and cemented Of Montreal's status as one of the most creatively relevant groups of the late '90s.


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