Of Monsters and Men: My Head Is An Animal

Last updated 13:31 24/01/2013

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Fans of Arcade Fire have taken to this Icelandic quintet with great enthusiasm.

This is folk-rock nurtured in Iceland's barren volcanic expanses, producing a big, anthemic sound like that of their Canadian counterparts, although Nanna Hilmarsdottir's Irish-like warble suggests Mumford and Sons meeting Evermore.

The soft-loud dynamic is their bread and butter in numbers like Dirty Paws, King and Lionheart and Lakehouse, while Six Weeks sounds positively tailored for stadiums.

Mountain Sound and From Finner are livelier, while the glam chants of Little Talks and the European folk flavour of Your Bones add enough variety to keep this from becoming a mere echo from across the Atlantic.

Best tracks: Mountain Sound, Your Bones

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.

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