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My Head Is an Animal

Of Monsters and Men

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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

Fantastic

Brilliant and entertaining. Have a listen and buy this album! Watched them on graham norton and was hooked!

G.Norton to thank

Saw them on Graham Norton and had to hear more. Love it.

Fresh and New

Amazing voices, lovely and soothing lyrics. A great album.

Biography

Formed: 2010 in Keflavík, Iceland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

After winning the nationwide 2010 battle-of-the-bands competition Musiktilraunir in their native Iceland, five-piece chamber pop group Of Monsters and Men were hailed as "the new Arcade Fire" in Rolling Stone magazine. In the beginning of 2012, a four-song EP titled Into the Woods was issued on the Universal Music Group as...
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