11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for 2011’s “Little Talks,” the Icelandic band steps away from the folksy anthems and aims for a bigger sound (and audience) on its third album, FEVER DREAM. “Wake me up!/I’m fever dreaming,” co-lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir belts out as a spirited call to action on the pulsing opening track “Alligator,” while atmospheric cuts like “Vulture, Vulture” and “Róróró” serve a healthy dose of dreamy synths and drum loops that evoke wide-open landscapes. For fans of the five-piece’s indie-folk beginnings, the lovelorn sing-alongs “Sleepwalker” and “Stuck in Gravity” bridge the eras of their sound, channeling the delicate harmonies and light drum taps from their 2011 debut My Head Is an Animal. “Wild Roses” unpacks their sadness with a pop-oriented groove, layering the tribulations of slow healing from painful circumstances over nimble electronic beats and steady synths.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for 2011’s “Little Talks,” the Icelandic band steps away from the folksy anthems and aims for a bigger sound (and audience) on its third album, FEVER DREAM. “Wake me up!/I’m fever dreaming,” co-lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir belts out as a spirited call to action on the pulsing opening track “Alligator,” while atmospheric cuts like “Vulture, Vulture” and “Róróró” serve a healthy dose of dreamy synths and drum loops that evoke wide-open landscapes. For fans of the five-piece’s indie-folk beginnings, the lovelorn sing-alongs “Sleepwalker” and “Stuck in Gravity” bridge the eras of their sound, channeling the delicate harmonies and light drum taps from their 2011 debut My Head Is an Animal. “Wild Roses” unpacks their sadness with a pop-oriented groove, layering the tribulations of slow healing from painful circumstances over nimble electronic beats and steady synths.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

IDontWantANicName ,

Slightly disappointed

Same as Mumford has done... now they’ve gone all poppy...why must we lose all touches of the folky, musicality of what made them amazing to begin with that grabbed us?!? 😢 It’s just ok.

King Henry 24 ,

AHHHHHHH YES

I must have this

johnhg665 ,

Huge disappointment

It seems that Of Monsters and Men have gone down the same road as Coldplay and turned their wonderful instrumental pieces into bland sampled pop garbage. I used to be obsessed with this band and now I’m not so sure anymore.

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