October 08, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Skeletal Lamping

Current Status
In Season
Indie Rock
We gave it a B

Four years after he began refashioning himself as a glam-funk god, of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes still seems to be on a quest for a daring new identity. Skeletal Lamping takes things further than ever, exploring an assortment of explicit fantasies via elaborate multipart suites on which Barnes plays virtually every instrument. It’s impossible not to be impressed by such virtuosic preening. Ultimately, though, only one artist in the world can get away with this shtick for an entire hour-long album. And Barnes still ain’t Prince, no matter how badly he wants to be. B
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