My Head Is an Animal - Of Monsters and Men
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  • Record Label: Republic
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Chamber Pop, Alternative Folk
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. My Head is an Animal is a highly impressive debut that's full of emotional lyrics, lush, diverse instrumentation, and a powerful and dynamic male/female vocals.
  2. Aug 24, 2012
    These songs are made to be sung by giant crowds at festivals: British success is already overdue.
  3. Sep 4, 2012
    My Head Is An Animal deserves the attention it is getting, because it is a well-crafted, spirited debut album with soaring choruses and delicious harmonies.
  4. Apr 12, 2012
    Thoughtfully crafted and full of melancholic lyricism and quietly desperate romanticism, My Head Is an Animal should appeal to any fan--whether man or monster--of sweet and wide-eyed folk-rock.
  5. Aug 21, 2012
    There isn't a bad pop song here, and the balance between whimsy, sensitivity and boisterous fun is expertly weighted.
  6. Apr 24, 2012
    This Icelandic six-piece pull off a neat trick: They make whimsical sound tough.
  7. Aug 1, 2012
    There is talent here. If only it could've been matched to a few more original ideas. [Aug 2012, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Mar 14, 2013
    This is a great debut album. The lyrics are well put and are not repetitive. Reminds me of Sigur Ros which is not strange since Icelanders know how to make music. Recommended for listening. Expand
  2. Aug 13, 2013
    Here's a joyous album that'll make you feel like a kid again. The songs are so rich and colorful, they're practically about imagination itself. Safe to say, these Icelanders know what they're doing. Expand
  3. Apr 22, 2012
    such a nice album. every song makes you feel so elated. i dont know why. its just amazing. with winding gorgeous duets and smooth acoustic guitar, the band really pulls it together in this debut album. Expand
  4. May 14, 2012
    A fantastic album despite sounding just like a combination of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons. Still, while not doing anything new, they do craft beautiful, jubilent songs. Expand
  5. Oct 6, 2012
    What's good is this album is that it offers something you have already listened to in a fresh way. You really got to appreciate the lovely vocals of Ragnar Þórhallsson and Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and the entire band's effort into making this record possible. What's funny is that it's their debut album so I can expect them to be even better in their future projects. People who keep on saying that they sound like Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros or even Arcade Fire are just ignoring the fact that they all incorporate the same genre and even if they sound similar, that's an achievement for Of Monsters and Men. Overall, it is a good album which really need a listen. Expand
  6. Jul 11, 2013
    What I find most encouraging about My Head Is an Animal is the variety of what OMAM can produce. From the radio-fit pop sounds of Mountain Sound to the morose Love, Love, Love, to the rock-infused From Finner and the comtemplative Yellow Light. It's an eclectic mix of high-quality melodic pieces that at the same time doesn't feel like you're jumping across genres. I would have liked to have seen more vocal harmonies at play since it worked so well in Dirty Paws, instead of having so many tracks with the back-and forth between Nanna and Ragnar. The best tracks are split four ways for me between Dirty Paws, Mountain Sound, Love, Love, Love and Yellow Light, whose three minute instrumental to finish left me scrambling to listen again and again. Less inspired is King and Lionheart, which brings you down from the high of the lead track, and Lakehouse, which just didn't work for me. 7.5/10 Expand
  7. May 15, 2012
    The band has nothing to say, and delivers. Cold and calculating where it should be genuine and warm. Like your friend saying they're completely random every day, it's pretension for the every-man. Expand

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