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Monsters Of Folk

20 Sep 2009 | Format: MP3

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2:48
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2:45
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3:49
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3:48
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2:53
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  • Original Release Date: 20 Sep 2009
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Copyright: 2009 Yamo-Obwa, LLC under exclusive licence to Rough Trade Records Ltd.
  • Total Length: 54:37
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  • ASIN: B002LV5T7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,121 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mantin on 2 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
'Monsters' may be perhaps an inappropriate term for a bunch of bearded folkies, but it is no understatement. This album, hinted at for years, brings together four of the gentle giants of American rootsy indie music for one genuinely all-star album. Yet the Monsters are actually far more varied than their 'folk' tag might suggest. They may include old-fashioned singer-songwriter M.Ward and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, who has recently restricted himself mostly to making warm country records, however there's also Jim James of My Morning Jacket, whose recent output has been characterised by funk hooks and soulful squealing.

At the start of their debut, the Monsters of Folk seem keen to make their range of styles clear. One might expect a rendition of 'Scarborough Fair' to kick things off, but opener 'Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)' is an understated jam featuring harps and - yep - beats. The tag-team vocals introduce everything perfectly, and it all comes together for a perfect falsetto chorus.

'Dear God' is a magnificent introduction, however its trippy style was clearly a short-lived idea conjoured up somewhere in the two years this album took to come together. The rest of 'Monsters of Folk' plays on the strength which all the players have in common, namely a flair for old-timey folk and country homage. Almost every track sounds like a dewey-eyed throwback, most noticeably on the sentimental ramblings about steamtrains on crackly fingerpicked ballad 'The Sandman, The Brakeman, and Me'.

Much like the debut album by the similarly lofty indie-rock supergroup Swan Lake, a key weakness (or strength, if you're a mega-fan of one artist) is that some of the tracks sound like offcuts from each member's individual bands, with the odd bit of guest backing vocals.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Toby Staunton on 21 Sep 2009
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This is the debut album from a band featuring Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and Jim James and M. Ward from My Morning jacket. The idea in itself sounds like it might be a bad one since each of the major players here has their own styles and idiosyncrasies that don't really fit together under normal circumstances. Having said this, the result is very pleasing. Beautifully balanced opener `Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)' is gentle and almost ethereal in true Jim James style, but it suggests what this collaboration can achieve. Vocal duties are carefully split throughout the album which gives a nice dynamic and brothers in arms feel. It has its folk influences but does feel very much like a rock album that was constructed from late night front room sessions and tour after parties sitting in smoky hotel rooms. This ultimately is a very accomplished take on old folk/rock traditions.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobba on 8 Oct 2009
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Terrible title - great album. As a result, it will no doubt sell less well than it should but that doesn't stop this being a truly exceptional album as one might have expected from the pedigree of the collaborators. Various reviewers have questioned how effective the collaboration, but this misses the point; there is enough evidence of the album working in the opener alone and plenty more to follow, but even if you treat it as a various album, it's a great one. They were always peas in a pod anyhow. In keeping with the group's collective view on classification, it is impossible to helpfully define the genre and I would hazard that 'folk' is not it. But who cares when its this good. Certainly my album of the year - unless I can make sense of 'The Resistance' before Christmas.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SCREEN77 on 3 Oct 2009
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Just can not resist country rock,anyone who has bought albums from Conor'o'berst will love this.They have already been labelled a supergroup & when you see who the members are you can see why,a whose who in decent US singer/song writers and producers.Following on from the mystic valley band & bright eyes Conor sings most of the lead vocals,giving us his usual brand of country rock although this is closer musically to bright eyes.Like this then you should also try Dusty Rhodes & the river band "palace and stage" or one of M.Wards albums who is also a member of the group.Travelling Wilburys for the 00's,brilliant.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Hillier on 23 Sep 2011
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The strong combination of musicians from some of todays highest performing and most innovative alternative country bands really showed through in the quality of the tracks on this enjoyable and valuesome set.
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