Review: Beneath the Skin by Of Monsters and Men

Beneath the Skin by Of Monsters and Men“Crystals”, the first single from Of Monsters and Men’s new record Beneath the Skin, suggests a slightly darker direction, what with the brooding intro and the less whimsical sound. But, well, wrong. Beneath the Skin is essentially a retread of their debut, My Head is an Animal, down to the animal references and the song structures and the Narnia-esque tricks the Icelandic folk-pop band pull off. Now, this isn’t a problem in itself, but I can’t help but feel disappointed. Everything sounds the same. Every song sounds the same. I was already six tracks in and it felt like four. And to think they promised this record would do darker. Well, there are hints of that, but it’s so minute you would not even remember that being said. That said, you might like this. This being a retread means the charming qualities of the band shine through. But as a guy who’s not fond of unimaginative repeats, I certainly don’t like it. At least not as an album. [NB]2/5

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