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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Icelandic folk rock band was produced with Rich Costey.
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Crystals
Lost in skies of powdered gold Caught in clouds of silver ropes Showered by the empty hopes As I tumble down Falling fast to the ground I know I'll... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jun 9, 2015
    80
    This album has the feel of a “for us” record, one that rewards the band for making it and decides that it’s okay to create something deeply personal and a little self-indulgent.
  2. 80
    The lyrics are tighter, more poetic and speak volumes of a band that have something quite specific to express.
  3. Jun 5, 2015
    80
    On the surface Of Monsters And Men’s second album is a lush master-class in pop sensibilities and folk storytelling but Beneath The Skin is more than a name. Scratch below that glittering surface and you’ll discover a band that has discovered themselves.
  4. Jun 8, 2015
    70
    Surely someday, Of Monsters and Men, the successful, melodic pop band from Iceland, will actually burrow beneath the skin and reveal genuine depth, but the pleasures of this, their second record, remain mostly on the surface.
  5. Jun 15, 2015
    70
    The band hasn't lost its sense of wonder--it's just seeing the world through a more realistic lens.
  6. Jun 12, 2015
    60
    Beneath the Skin is too humdrum to garner any new acolytes.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 3, 2015
    40
    Functional and festival-friendly, their epic naivety quickly becomes wearing. [Jul 2015, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jan 4, 2016
    10
    By far one of my favorite albums by them. It starts off slow, but it really picks up momentum. I wouldn't say that they aren't trying newBy far one of my favorite albums by them. It starts off slow, but it really picks up momentum. I wouldn't say that they aren't trying new things because Muse did the same thing when they released "Madness" because he deviated from what his usual style was. I am very comfortable with where Of Monsters and Men is and how they chose to approach this album. Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2019
    10
    A much darker and soulful progression from their debut album, Beneath The Skin wraps you up in cold and haunting sounds while still deliveringA much darker and soulful progression from their debut album, Beneath The Skin wraps you up in cold and haunting sounds while still delivering powerful tracks that will remain ringing in your head after your first listen. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2015
    9
    Don't get it this score, seriously, this is a terrific álbum, beautiful voices, and amazing lyrics. They tell us a big story in every track,Don't get it this score, seriously, this is a terrific álbum, beautiful voices, and amazing lyrics. They tell us a big story in every track, and the instrumentals are insanely good. This disc has ALL, they talk about a lot of things in a so different way, that hits everyone.
    Sounds epic.
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  4. Mar 24, 2018
    7
    I have listened to BTS around 5 times, I think, and I don't really love it. For the most part, the lyrics are really strong. The only songI have listened to BTS around 5 times, I think, and I don't really love it. For the most part, the lyrics are really strong. The only song that has bad lyrics would be "Wolves", which is far less interesting or original lyrically than it's peers. I really don't care for it at all.

    Musically, BTS is not dynamite. The real focus of the album is clearly the really impressive, commanding vocals and dark lyrics, and the music is not as powerful as it could be. "Crystals" and OMAM's earlier work prove what they are really capable of at their best, and unfortunately, BTS falls short of that. Still, "Crystlas" and "Human" are impressive and pretty great musically. "Slow Life" and "organs" have commanding, strong, attention-grabbing lyrics. "Black Water" sounds especially good vocally, with pretty good lyrics and music. "I Of the Storm" has an interesting chorus, but the rest of the song falls a little flat.

    All in all, BTS could have been something amazing if it stuck more closely to the band's original music, and "Crystals" proves that. Despite the bad, BTS has original, captivating vocals and pretty good somber lyrics. Still, it struggles musically, especially when compared to OMAM's debut album.
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  5. Aug 3, 2015
    7
    If you are looking for a "My Head Is an Animal", you are in the wrong place. "Beneath the Skin" is totally different of the band's debutIf you are looking for a "My Head Is an Animal", you are in the wrong place. "Beneath the Skin" is totally different of the band's debut album. This album makes you sink on a ocean of feelings and thoughts with a slow rhythm and simple vocals, mainly because of some great songs that can make you listen to it all day. However, this album does not have power to catch new fans or people who will keep the band in their playlists. It is for people who really like Of Monsters and Men or this type of music; that's the negative point of the album. It would have been better if the band had put one or two strong songs that could catch the attention of the public, like Little Talks did, so the album would be perfect. Expand
  6. Jun 13, 2015
    7
    Unlike their first album, which had a charming sort of unpolished, indie-folk feel, Beneath the Skin feels polished and focused, almost toUnlike their first album, which had a charming sort of unpolished, indie-folk feel, Beneath the Skin feels polished and focused, almost to it's detriment. The songs are catchy, and the sound of the album is uniquely OMAM. However there is little variation between the individual tracks giving the album a sort of homogeneous and formulaic feel. Very few tracks on the album stand out from the pack as being uniquely different from the others in terms of rhythm and melody. That's not to say they all sound the same, each song brings it's own unique hook, however the overall feel of the album is a bit "samey."

    Overall it feels like OMAM has found their own unique folky sound. Hopefully their next album will bring about a bit more experimentation with melodies and rhythms to deliver something extraordinary.
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  7. Apr 16, 2016
    5
    Beneath the Skin is a good album, but it doesn't come close to My Head Is An Animal. Their first album was sooo unique and had not only aBeneath the Skin is a good album, but it doesn't come close to My Head Is An Animal. Their first album was sooo unique and had not only a sound nobody heard before, but the lyrics to almost every song had a folklore like story to tell. The music videos matched the music perfectly and WeWereMonkeys did a great job on the videos! I was so excited for their second album but it came apparent while listening to Beneath the Skin that they lost something that made them unique and special. Crystals is the only song I LOVE off of Beneath the Skin. Expand

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