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CD 1


Celebration of H. Hare (01:43) Of Montreal


Joseph and Alexander (02:09) Of Montreal


Problem With April (02:20) Of Montreal


Nicki Lighthouse (03:23) Of Montreal


Was Your Face a Head in the Pillow Case? (00:54) Of Montreal


Julie the Mouse (02:34) Of Montreal


In the Army Kid (03:36) Of Montreal


Buried With Me (01:44) Of Montreal


Spoonful of Sugar (03:14) Of Montreal


Tras Brief Life as a Spider (02:05) Of Montreal


World Keeps Going Round (02:30) Of Montreal


Scenes from My Funeral (04:59) Of Montreal


True Friends Don't Want to Do Things Like That (03:11) Of Montreal


You I Created (02:59) Of Montreal


Where previous Of Montreal records evoked children's picture books in their grand narrative scope, off-the-wall characters, and candy-colored hues, Horse & Elephant Eatery (No Elephants Allowed) -- a compilation of "singles and songles" (i.e., material previously released in a variety of non-album formats) -- is more akin to a schoolboy's collage assembled from cut-out photos, construction paper, and paste, a composite of random ideas and far-flung images that together form a charmingly chaotic whole. While the disc of course lacks the thematic unity common to the group's previous conceptual efforts, the songs nevertheless hang together on the strength of their shared warmth and effervescence -- perhaps no other contemporary group makes pop music so utterly guileless and unashamedly rapturous, articulating an innocence remarkably free of irony and calculation. Much of Horse & Elephant Eatery recalls the carnival-esque character studies of its brilliant predecessor The Gay Parade -- repaying his obvious debt to Ray Davies with a fine cover of the Kinks' "The World Keeps Going 'Round," Of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes strikes a perfect balance between fairy-tale whimsy and slice-of-life reality on moments like "The Problem With April," "Nicki Lighthouse," and "Ira's Brief Life As a Spider," creating a kaleidoscopic fantasy world even as his songs capture moments of heartbreakingly human poignance. Silly, sappy, and sentimental, to be sure, Horse & Elephant Eatery is just as often sublime. ~ Jason Ankeny


Artist Of Montreal

Label Bar/None Records

Product Details


GTIN 0032862011221

Release Date 28.03.2000

Product type CD

Track Count 14

Horse & Elephant Eatery (No Elephants Allowed): The Singles & Songles Album

Of Montreal


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