of Montreal
Aldhils Arboretum
Nov 9, 2004

  • 1
    Doing Nothing (3:23)
  • 2
    Old People in the Cemetery (3:20)
  • 3
    Isn't It Nice? (2:55)
  • 4
    Jennifer Louise (2:00)
  • 5
    The Blank Husband Epidemic (2:39)
  • 6
    Pancakes for One (2:41)
  • 7
    We Are Destroying the Song (2:47)
  • 8
    An Ode to the Nocturnal Muse (3:43)
  • 9
    Predictably Sulking Sara (2:27)
  • 10
    Natalie and Effie in the Park (2:12)
  • 11
    A Question for Emily Foreman (2:42)
  • 12
    Kissing in the Grass (3:39)
  • 13
    Kid Without Claws (3:56)
  • 14
    Death Dance of Omipapas and Sons for You (2:23)

Originally released in 2002, Aldhils Arboretum was a departure for of Montreal. Rather than building songs around concepts, the band chose to concentrate specifically on the development and writing of each song. Such an effort results in one of of Montreal's most focused and polished works.

The cover art is one of David Barnes' most well-known paintings.

Reviews

Intended as an "album of singles" in favor of diminishing their normal proclivities toward conceptual grandiosity and musical adventurousness, Aldhils Arboretum marks a peculiar change of pace for Elephant 6's most prolific popsters.

All Music Guide

The tracks are blanketed by lead singer Kevin Barnes' endearing, occasionally infantile, melodies and colorful, mosaic-like instrumental arrangements.

Stylus

[Aldhils Arboretum is] a healthy dose of shag-a-delic tunes, certain to induce...dancing...

Rockpile

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