My Head Is an Animal
Of Monsters and Men

My Head Is an Animal

Disc review

Coming off as a genetic cross between Edward Sharpe’s Home and Mumford & Sons’ The Cave, Icelandic troupe Of Monsters and Men’s Little Talks, the band’s first North American single, is bound to become as ubiquitous on indie radios as the aforementioned songs. Though hardly as infectious or fist-pumping as Little Talks, their debut full-length draws its inspiration from folk instead of rock, the melodies coming off as less immediate, more intricate and incisive, with the harmonies from co-singers Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson bringing to mind 10,000 Maniacs and Aussie outfit Frente. Here, in both production and intention, the energy sparkles and the songwriting is alluring, but individuality is yet to be found, as the LP simply misses the mark on definitely grabbing the listener by the balls (i.e., it does sound a lot like Mumford & Sons).

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