Here Be Monsters - Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
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  • Band members: Jon Langford
  • Summary: This is the first release in four years for the Mekons/Waco Brothers member and his band that includes Joe Camarillo, Jean Cook, Alan Doughty, Jim Elkington, and Tawny Newsome.
  • Record Label: Relativity
  • Genre(s): Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Roots Rock
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  1. Apr 1, 2014
    89
    Here Be Monsters, the Brit expat's latest under the recurring Skull Orchard banner, embodies all of the qualities of Langford's best work, emphasizing the bittersweet, introspective edge that's become increasingly prominent in his work in recent years.
  2. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    Langford, as ever, masterfully mixes the personal, the political and the poetic. [Apr 2014, p.77]
  3. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    Langford may have lost a tiny bit of ragged glory, but he's gained plenty along the way that makes this album a must, whether they're longtime fans or not.
  4. Apr 8, 2014
    80
    There’s little doubt Here Be Monsters will one day be considered the album that ensures Langford’s legacy.
  5. 75
    Langford’s cynical humor is a fixture on Here Be Monsters.
  6. Apr 7, 2014
    70
    The dilution of purist fidelity makes Here Be Monsters one of Langford’s least focused albums in recent memory, but it also ends up as one of his richest.
  7. Apr 7, 2014
    70
    Here Be Monsters sounds like a fleshed-out band, graced with Mekons-derived musical trademarks.