Best of 2004: #5 -- Of Montreal Satanic Panic in the Attic
Listening to Of Montreal's latest album, Satanic Panic in the Attic, is the audio equivalent of touring the chocolate factory with none other than Wonka himself. There's excitement, mischief, whimsy, and even a little danger around every turn. And once you start, there's no turning back until you've completed the entire trip. Fortunately, Kevin Barnes and company are better singers and musicians than the Oompa-Loompas, though both are brilliant lyricists.
There really isn't a weak moment to be found anywhere on Satanic Panic in the Attic. Even the album's only detour from frenzy, "City Bird," is a gorgeous ballad complete with fluting much more sublime than Wonka's repeated calls for damage control. The highlight here is the psychedelic hoedown "Erroneous Escape Into Erik Eckles," which really sums up the entire experience in the line, "Watch out, the music will complete the change in you." Who needs a golden ticket, when you've still got wonderful albums like this being made?