52 Albums: Week 12
One of my favorite albums of 2011 just had it’s US release so I get to count it toward my 52 Albums effort!
My Head Is an Animal is the debut album from Icelandic indie-folk band Of Monsters and Men. If that sentence makes you want to slit your wrists, things are about to get worse as I tell you that Of Monsters and Men are kind of like a twee version of Mumford and Sons. I’m going to let Hipster Dog field this one:
It’s true though — I ordered Sign No More as an import. And, while my revulsion for all things twee made me initially resistant to the charms of My Head Is An Animal, the album quickly wore down my resistance. If all of this makes me a hipster, I will take my hipster lumps with pleasure.
My Head Is an Animal is not quite as good as Mumford and Son’s Sigh No More — few albums are — but it does have a similar energy and hooks galore. Check out the first single from the album, “Little Talks:”
The US release of My Head Is an Animal switches up the order of songs from the original release and adds two new tracks. Of the two, “Mountain Sound” is a great addition while “Slow and Steady” feels more like filler, which is a shame as the original release had no filler. “Slow and Steady” aside, this album is solid from the first track to the last and I have no problem giving it four and a half stars out of five.