My Head Is an Animalby Of Monsters and Men
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.
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Performance CreditsOf Monsters and Men Primary Artist
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir French Horn
Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir Trumpet
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Ragnar Pórhallsson Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Kristján Páll Kristjánsson Bass,Group Member
Brynjar Leifsson Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone),Group Member
Bragi Kårason Trumpet
Árni Guðjónsson Organ,Piano,Accordion,Group Member
Technical CreditsJacquire King Producer,Additional Production
Aron Pór Arnarsson Producer,Engineer
Heather Kolker Management
Of Monsters and Men Composer,Producer
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson Artwork
Ragnar Pórhallsson Artwork
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There's a lovely contrast between the peppy, upbeat rhythms, and the angsty lyrics. Little Talks was one of those songs I couldn't get out of my head, and once I bought this CD, I have the same experience with other tracks. Highly recommend this CD.
This cd is great! We have a one year old daughter who listens to it every night when she goes to bed then dances along with it during the day. Its mellow music that people of all ages can enjoy.
Great debut album. Highly recommended!
Love love love so catchy and I adore singing along to this CD! Trying to decipher the lyrics while jamming out is fabulous, first CD I have purchased in a looooooong time!
I love this album so much. OMAM is an amazing band who are very unique and different! 'Little Talks' is actually one of the few great songs I hear on the radio. My favorite song of theirs is 'From Finner'. I would DEFINITELY reccomend this CD to someone who enjoys mellow, a little bit slower, and beautiful music.
Originally posted at Nose in a Book Very rarely does an album make me fall in love quite the way this one did. Of Monsters and Men is an Icelandic band that won Músíktilraunir, a music contest in Iceland. Although this band formed in 2009, it has started to pick up steam in 2011, and more momentum in 2012. They say that certain music comes into your life at certain times that you weren't even aware that you needed it. This is that album. This is summer 2012 for me. That fact is important to point out for me. I assumed Mumford & Sons Sigh No More would be my album until Babel came out. (A month! A month!) But then Of Monsters and Men's My Head is an Animal took over my life in the best way possible. All I do is listen to this album. At work, in the car, while doing homework. This album is playing. My BFF and I are going to Vegas in less than two weeks to go to a book signing with Tina. I'm the driver. If they don't like My Head is an Animal by the beginning of the trip, they will by the end. Or they'll suck it up because I get amazing MPG in my car. We'll see. The album starts off with "Dirty Paws." Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar "Raggi" þórhallsson make it clear, this is our sound and we know how to rock it. And rock it, they do. Along with the rest of the band. They own their sound in the best way that they can. Then "King and Lionheart" comes on. This is my song. If only one song on this album can be my summer of 2012 song. This is it. It sums up about 90% of my friendships with people. And "Monster Sound?" Can þórhallsson just sing to me 24/7. I mean, I can't pronounce his last name, but his voice makes me overly calm and content. They can even slow it down. Or really slow it down with songs such as "Slow and Steady." Of course they pick it up quickly with songs such as their current hit "Little Talks." Just give them a shot, I promise you'll like them, and if you don't please don't tell me. I don't deal with review failure well. I do blame them for getting me through Summer of 2012 grad school classes.
“My Head Is An Animal” by Of Monsters And Men contain songs that are an amalgam of folk rock and indie rock. “King And Lion Heart”,”Mountain Sound”, “Numb Bears”, “Yellow Light”, “From Finner”, “Of Monsters And Men”, and “Lakehouse” were some of the songs that I really enjoyed. “My Head Is An Animal” by Of Monsters And Men is best for those who like music hybrids of alternative and indie rock.