Album Review: Of Monsters and Men - Fever Dream
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Of Monsters and Men soundtracked road trips of summer 2012 for many with ‘Little Talks’ – a song that is now seeped in nostalgia. Fever Dream signifies the band’s departure from their old sonic identity; perhaps ‘Little Talks’ has grown old with us.
Album Art 'Fever Dream' (2019)
Bursting onto the scene with their hugely successful debut album, My Head Is An Animal, the band made their mark on the music world by reaching number one in Australia, Iceland and Ireland. In 2015 came Beneath The Skin, signalling a move into the cinematic and majestic, laced with intricate rhythms and soft vocals. The band's second album offered a more refined take on the bolshy brass and enigmatic charisma that characterised My Head Is An Animal. Their latest album drives even further away from their debut, so much so that Of Monsters and Men are almost unrecognisable. If Of Monsters and Men told the story of a night out, My Head Is An Animal would be the talkative pres, Beneath The Skin would be some of the best parts of the night out itself, whilst Fever Dream would be the early morning come-down. The lead single, ‘Alligator’, alluding to the album’s title in its lyrics, is arguably the strongest track on Fever Dream. Led by distorted electric guitar and emphatic drum-bashing by Hilmarsson, lead vocalist Hilmarsdóttir is in her element with her domineering ‘huhs’ which begin the track. Her trademark soft and throaty vocals are doused with a sultriness that gives off a new kind of energy - more grungy and less quirky.
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