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  • Audio CD (27 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B007KTDVLE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
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Debut studio album by the Icelandic indie folk group, whose musical style has been compared to Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire. The album features the hit single 'Little Talks' and debuted at #3 in the UK Albums Chart.

BBC Review

Of Monsters and Men have enjoyed considerable UK radio play in the middle of 2012 – but the truth is, Britain, that we’ve been slow on the uptake. This Icelandic six-piece have already conquered their homeland, vast swathes of continental Europe and, most impressively, that elusive US market: My Head Is an Animal hit number six in the Billboard chart back in April. Yes, we’re lagging behind, but as Jessica Ennis’ fellow heptathletes are saying right now: it’s not the winning that counts, but the taking part.

To Of Monsters and Men, this debut album must feel old. It was released in 2011 in Iceland. But the beauty of their hit single, Little Talks, is that its sweet-as-pie boy/girl vocal exchanges, belting brass and enthusiastic shouts of “HEY!” make it a perfect summer anthem. It sounds fresh and invigorating. And it makes perfect sense in the here and now as Mumford & Sons’ music rings out from festival stages.

Mumford’s folk-pop is the obvious comparison here, especially when Raggi Þórhallsson is singing. He has a similar husky delivery. And like Mumford, Of Monsters and Men keep it simple and memorable. These are not complicated melodies, but they are executed with a delicacy that, in quieter moments, echoes The xx (Yellow Light is particularly reminiscent of the London band) – a delicacy that is built upon with pounding drums and pretty pianos, sweeping you up into rousing pop crescendos.

It’s a sugary confection; don’t come here for complexity. But even the most cynical listener can’t help but be lured in by these tunes: in the blink of an eye, you’ll find yourself dancing to Mountain Sound and singing along with Six Weeks. Meanwhile, Slow and Steady and Sloom are atmospheric ballads that sparkle and swoon.

Once you get the message, little of this debut album will surprise. However, its consistency is undeniable. There isn’t a bad pop song here, and the balance between whimsy, sensitivity and boisterous fun is expertly weighted. Little Talks is dominating the airwaves, but Of Monsters and Men are far more than one-hit wonders.

--Paul Clarke

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I heard this band on Dermot O'leary's show on Radio 2, and first play of 'Dirty Paws' had me hooked. That was enough to make me want the whole album, and honestly there is not one duff track on it. It's a lovely refreshing sound and a bit like Mumford & Sons. Definitely worth a punt.
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This is a highly addictive album that has been on repeat in my car for over a week now. The delicious harmonies created by the male and female leads conjure up flavours of the Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and Arcade Fire and create an ethereal feel to this fine debut. If you like any of the above then this is well worth checking out.

Highlights include the singles `Dirty Paws' and `Little Talks' and the band is definitely at their best when in full folk flow (or flowk as I will now call it). That is not to say that the slower, more introspective songs are not interesting or well crafted. Indeed, the song 'Love Love Love' with the line `you love, love, love when you know I can't love,' hints at a darker side to the band's writing and is a welcome contrast on this generally upbeat and pop-fuelled album.

All in all this is a fine debut. I am just disappointed that I missed them live in London recently. Ah well, I'm sure they will be touring on the shores of this green isle again in the near future. Here's hoping!
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OMAM is one of those rare albums buried deep beneath the thousands of offerings that come into the charts yearly. In one sense I am glad the band hasn't yet reached acclaimed status in the UK as finding it alone is worth more than any chart position.

It's one of those albums that can be played in 15 years from now and never gets old, fans of Neutral Milk Hotel and Sigur Ros will instantly connect to this band.
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I have had this album for 2 weeks now and i can't stop listening to it. This icelandic band are very unique in the sounds they produce and their vocals intertwine on a new level.

I highly recommend it!

5/5
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Just listened to this album today and have had it on repeat constantly - if you like Mumford and Sons or Snow Patrol and Martha Wainwrights's "Set Fire to the Third Bar" - you will love this band. best songs from the album are "Dirty Paws", "King and Lionheart", "Mountain Sound", "LIttle Talks" (heard this on XFM), "Your Bones", "Lakehouse", Enjoy.
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Am enjoying the current wave of upbeat folk and Of Monsters & Men is a great band with good camaradarie that comes through in their songs. Have seen them live a few times now and never tire of listening to them or watching them. Love this album - poetic and upbeat. Great songs - all of them! My fave is King and Lionheart but each one is a quality track - that I can personally listen to over and over again. I'm a bit old-school and enjoy listening to an album in its entirety and I can do that with this album without any urge to skip forward. Glad to see they're getting the recognition they deserve.
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I first heard of 'Of Monsters and Men' following the announcement of the Reading & Leeds 2012 line-up and gave them a listen and was instantly hooked on their album. 'Dirty Paws', being the first song on the album, had me hooked as it compares it to Arcade Fire with other influences apparent throughout the rest of the record including Mumford and Sons and Sigur Ros. Despite this, they manage to create their own unique sound with Nanna and Ragnar's vocals being terrific all throughout. I'd pick out a few favourites but the whole album is just brilliant.

They're also a fantastic live band as proven at Leeds Festival and will probably become very popular in the future.

It's so refreshing to hear these guys being played out on the radio and seeing them in the charts as opposed to Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and all the other trash that is 'popular' these days.

5/5
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I can't say I have many albums that I ever play on repeat, but this album by Of Monsters and Men is so incredibly original that I cannot stop listening to it. There is not a single song on this album that I do not love. The way the lead vocals compliment each other is so refreshing. I first heard Of Monsters and Men on YouTube with their music video to "Little Talks" and intrigued, I purchased the album with high hopes that the rest of the album was as good as Little Talks and it did not let me down. I highly recommend that you purchase this album!
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