Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

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Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
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Studio album by Of Montreal
Released January 23, 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Indie pop, glam rock, art pop, experimental pop, neo-psychedelia
Length 51:22 (CD)
68:32 (LP)
Label Polyvinyl
Producer Kevin Barnes
Of Montreal chronology
Satanic Twins
(2006)
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
(2007)
Icons, Abstract Thee
(2007)
Singles from Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
  1. "Faberge Falls for Shuggie"
    Released: December 5, 2006
  2. "She's a Rejecter"
    Released: December 5, 2006
  3. "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse"
    Released: January 23, 2007
  4. "Suffer for Fashion"
    Released: July 17, 2007
  5. "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal"
    Released: July 27, 2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[6]
NME 7/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.7/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[11]

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? is the eighth album by American indie pop band Of Montreal, released on January 23, 2007. The album was written, performed, and recorded by Kevin Barnes, with assistance from friends and family: prominent Elephant Six members Bryan Poole, Jamey Huggins and Heather McIntosh, as well as Barnes' wife Nina Twin, and daughter Alabee Blonde. Credits also feature Georgie Fruit, a glam rock alter ego of Barnes.

Background[edit]

Barnes has described the album as a concept album, detailing his transformation from Kevin Barnes into Georgie Fruit. Georgie Fruit exists as Kevin Barnes' alter ego, which he will assume for the final half of the album, as well as the two subsequent LPs, Skeletal Lamping and False Priest. According to "Labyrinthian Pomp," Georgie Fruit is a "dark mutation for my demented past time." The transformation takes place during "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal," the 12-minute-long "turning point" of the album. In addition, the album namechecks many things commonly associated with glam rock, such as drugs, art and fashion; "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" alludes to Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and specifically mentions Georges Bataille's novella Story of the Eye.

Barnes credits his being prescribed antidepressants with the making of the album. "The real issue was a chemical thing, so when I finally got on medication, that balanced it out. So that helped me have a better perspective on things and helped my relationship with my wife and helped me through [the album]."[12] "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse", the album's first single, chronicles his struggle with chemical imbalance and mood disorders.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kevin Barnes.

  1. "Suffer for Fashion" – 2:59
  2. "Sink the Seine" – 1:04
  3. "Cato as a Pun" – 3:02
  4. "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse" – 3:18
  5. "Gronlandic Edit" – 3:24
  6. "A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger" – 4:54
  7. "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal" – 11:52
  8. "Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider" – 3:51
  9. "Faberge Falls for Shuggie" – 4:31
  10. "Labyrinthian Pomp" – 3:21
  11. "She's a Rejecter" – 4:02
  12. "We Were Born the Mutants Again with Leafling" – 4:57

Bonus tracks on Australian edition[edit]

  1. "She Fell in Love" – 2:21
    • An alternate title for "Du Og Meg", based on the first line of the song.
  2. "Voltaic Crusher" – 2:04

Bonus tracks on double vinyl release[edit]

The double vinyl release of the album contains the twelve tracks on the first three sides. The fourth side contains four bonus tracks, which can also be found on the EP Icons, Abstract Thee.

  1. "Du Og Meg" – 2:21
  2. "Voltaic Crusher/Undrum to Muted Da" – 2:04
  3. "Derailments in a Place of Our Own" – 3:03
  4. "No Conclusion" – 9:42

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2007 The Billboard 200 72
2007 Billboard Top Independent Albums 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? by Of Montreal". Metacritic. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ McClintock, J. Scott. "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? – Of Montreal". AllMusic. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ Gordon, Scott (January 23, 2007). "Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (January 19, 2007). "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ Costa, Maddy (February 9, 2007). "Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?". The Guardian. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ Powers, Ann (January 27, 2007). "Sleepless nights and singalongs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  7. ^ Pattison, Louis (February 9, 2007). "Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?". NME. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ Mitchum, Rob (January 24, 2007). "Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?". Q (248): 115. March 2007. 
  10. ^ Hoard, Christian (January 22, 2007). "Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ganz, Caryn (February 2007). "Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?". Spin. 23 (2): 85. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ Rob Mitchum, Please Mr. Pharmacist: The New Breed of Drug Song, Pitchfork, March 12, 2007.

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