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Customer Reviews

The new version

Well, it's well-known the original version of the song is a masterpiece, and the new version is well worth it too. I was afraid it was going to be something akin to a remix, but it's actually just a harsher, more confrontational version of the original. It's a great reimagining but mainly for fans of the original song

4 stars

The 11:53 version is worth the purchase of the cd if you like long songs.


The lyrics to The Past is a Grotesque Animal (with The Lost Trees) paint a picture too vague to be dramatic, and because that's, well, now apparent, the song is basically just sound. I mean, I guess you could say it's catchy and I'm sure Of Montreal had hmm...positive? intentions but, hey, maybe I just really couldn't relate to it. Guess I'll just wait 'til September for their next album. Mhm, alright, so thanks :)


Formed: 1996 in Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The brainchild of singer/guitarist Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal was among the second wave of bands to emerge from the sprawling Elephant 6 collective. A native of Athens, Georgia, Barnes was inspired to form the euphoric indie pop group in the wake of a broken romance with a woman from Montreal. He signed with Bar/None Records while living in Florida, subsequently moved to Cleveland and Minneapolis in search of compatible bandmates, and finally returned home to collaborate with bassist Bryan Helium...
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