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Album Review

Of Monsters and Men's 2012 full-length debut, My Head Is an Animal, features more of the Icelandic band's acoustic-driven alt-rock featured on their 2011 EP Into the Woods. Showcasing the dual singer/guitarist/songwriters Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar “Raggi” Pórhallsson, the album also displays the six-piece ensemble's grand and anthemic style with a bent toward passionate folk-rock uplift and more layered, introspective moments. In that sense, the band brings to mind the work of such similarly inclined contemporaries as Arcade Fire, Angus & Julia Stone, and Mumford & Sons. While such cuts as the peppy, horn-driven "Little Talks," "Six Weeks," "Love Love Love," and "From Finner" are carryovers from Into the Woods, elsewhere we get the cinematic build of "King and Lionheart," the catchy, Florence + the Machine-sounding singalong "Mountain Sound," and the reverb-laden "Lakehouse." There's even the very '60s Celtic folk-meets-Ennio Morricone number "Your Bones." Thoughtfully crafted and full of melancholic lyricism and quietly desperate romanticism, My Head Is an Animal should appeal to any fan — whether man or monster — of sweet and wide-eyed folk-rock.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely brilliant

The only album in all of my iTunes collection that I rate as 5 stars. I love this album.
Some albums have a few good songs, rarely does an album have a whole squadron of great songs.
My Head is An Animal is just that - a squadron of great songs.


Brilliant. I spent 5 hours on a plane from Perth with a (couple) of glasses of wine, my noise cancelling headphones and this album on repeat. Best 5 hours I have spent on a plane for a long time. They have mesmerising tunes, clear and concise lryics and the video to Little Talks is awesome. Recommend this album.

Simply Great

I stumbled upon this band some months ago and have since had them on high rotation. After tracking down this delightful album I was quick to understand why they have been tagged as the new Arcade Fire. Every song on this album is wonderfully crafted and a musical delight. Highlights are Little Talks, King and Lionheart, Yellow Light and the ever so sublime Lakehouse which every time I listen sends shivers of delight right though me!
Having said that there are no real weaknesses to this album and the incredible talents of these wonderful artist from Iceland.
In short an album of hauntingly beautiful songs, preformed wonderfully and backed up with some well crafted lyrics sung most sublimely by Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Raggi. Should be a part of every respectable music lovers collections.


Formed: 2010 in Keflavík, Iceland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Icelandic chamber pop group Of Monsters and Men broke onto the international music scene in 2011, just a year after winning their country's nationwide battle-of-the-band competition Musiktilraunir. Hailed as "the new Arcade Fire" in Rolling Stone magazine, the band's original lineup comprised singer/guitarists Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, keyboardist Árni Guðjónsson, bass player Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, and drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson....
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