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Album Review

Specializing in a cinematic spectacle that evokes wide-open vistas as much as the fathomless depths of an arena, Of Monsters and Men sometimes do sound as majestic as their dreams on Beneath the Skin, pulsating on the waves of insistent rhythms and armies of acoustics. Such a description suggests they hew closely to the Mumford & Sons stomp — and that does surface occasionally, usually as a forgotten memory, not a rhythm; it's a counterpoint, not a focus — but the sextet prefers the operatic bombast of Arcade Fire. Where Win Butler and comrades prefer to address big issues with their big music, Of Monsters and Men turn inward, marrying their soundscapes to tales of introspection and romance. The thing is, it doesn't quite matter precisely what Of Monsters and Men sing about on Beneath the Skin. Many of the songs are sturdy, constructed to support these grand ambitions, but these individual pieces are not as consequential as the big, big picture. No, what matters is that gigantic, sparkling rush, a sound that seems destined to fill a vast, empty sky. That they never succeed at their goal is secondary: what lasts is the vision and vibe, an atmosphere that resonates long after the album concludes. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Playing it too safe

Ehhh... these songs kind of just blend together. There's nothing new or inovating on this record, nothing really seems to stand out. The instrumentation is pretty weak, honestly. Especially on We Sink, near the conclusion, the instrumental build up sounds promising, but then it ends abruptly with more subtlety. Overall, this whole record feels like a forgettable experience; there's not enough oomph. When it comes to ballads, there has to be enough passionate structure instrumentally to make the songs have more life to them. On their debut LP, they had Dirty Paws, King and the Lionheart, Little Talks, From Finner, Mountain Sound, all of them were highlights. But on this album I can't really find any. I have to give them credit for their lovely voices and production though, top notch.

I cant wait.

As a huge fan of My Head Is An Animal, just from listening to Crystals I can tell that OMAM hasnt lost any of their magic. I'm incredibly excited for Beneath the Skin and pray that their tour comes through Miami

I CANNOT WAIT

I know this album is going to be amazing. I’ve been waiting what feels like 10 years for more from OMAM and it’s finally being delivered. 😍 “Crystals” is amazing!

Biography

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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Beneath The Skin (Deluxe), Of Monsters and Men
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Indie Rock, Pop, Rock
  • Released: Jun 09, 2015

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