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Boomkat Product Review:
Given that this album is available in myriad formats (including but not limited to a wall-mounted lantern) the 32-panel fold out CD packaging seems fairly conservative. Mind you, 'conservative' isn't really an applicable term when talking about this lot: at a recent New York show, Of Montreal principal Kevin Barnes stripped to his pants and rode onto stage via a white horse. It'd be wrong to dismiss his songwriting as showy, glitzy froth however: Skeletal Lamping is as complete a statement as the band have released thus far, demonstrating an overwhelming level of detail and stylistic diversity, with a new, solid gold pop hook arriving every four bars or so. In fact, there's so much to digest here that despite how instant this music is in small doses, when taken as an hour-long body of work it's going to take a few listens to sink in. Each song can be made up from dozens of miniature segments, stacking up deftly observed Bowie influences, electronic funk and - in the case of 'Touched Something's Hollow' - fragments of half-familiar Beatles-like melodies. Some songs latch onto a fixed identity throughout though, resulting in gems like previous single 'Id Engager' and the near inscrutably brilliant 'An Eluardian Instance'. True to the hype, Skeletal Lamping never really falls short of outright excellence, revelling in its own wit and ingenuity - it feels like one of the year's major releases.