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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


Beneath The Skin is an excellent album with strong singing talent but lacks what the first album had. My Head is an Animal just set the bar too high. Of Monsters and Men strayed away from their unique sound that made the last album great. Their fast paced, upbeat sounds are hard to find in this album. I'm sure they will go back but definitely check out this album because it is still great and do not miss their first album. It is perfection.

Still great...

I could listen to Nanna sing the phone book. She has such an angelic voice.
Doubtful I'll ever see OMAM live. I will meet them in my dreams at a small venue, all songs dedicated to me.

follow up

Awesome followup guys!


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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