Of Monsters And Men Beneath The Skin

Beneath The Skin

Of Monsters And Men

Released on June 5, 2015 by Universal Records

Main artist: Of Monsters and Men

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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Specializing in a cinematic spectacle that evokes wide-open vistas as much as the fathomless depths of an arena, Of Monsters and Men sometimes do sound as majestic as their dreams on Beneath the Skin, pulsating on the waves of insistent rhythms and armies of acoustics. Such a description suggests they hew closely to the Mumford & Sons stomp -- and that does surface occasionally, usually as a forgotten memory, not a rhythm; it's a counterpoint, not a focus -- but the sextet prefers the operatic bombast of Arcade Fire. Where Win Butler and comrades prefer to address big issues with their big music, Of Monsters and Men turn inward, marrying their soundscapes to tales of introspection and romance. The thing is, it doesn't quite matter precisely what Of Monsters and Men sing about on Beneath the Skin. Many of the songs are sturdy, constructed to support these grand ambitions, but these individual pieces are not as consequential as the big, big picture. No, what matters is that gigantic, sparkling rush, a sound that seems destined to fill a vast, empty sky. That they never succeed at their goal is secondary: what lasts is the vision and vibe, an atmosphere that resonates long after the album concludes. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Album : 1 disk - 11 tracks Total length : 00:48:33

  1. 1 Crystals

    Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Somers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, Guitar Loops, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lisa McCormick, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Accordion, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Horn Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erm Navarro, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steingrimur Karl Teague, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hughes, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Simonsen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  2. 2 Human

    Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Somers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Steingrimur Karl Teague, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  3. 3 Hunger

    David Campbell, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, Guitar Loops, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lisa McCormick, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Accordion, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erm Navarro, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Steingrimur Karl Teague, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hughes, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Viktor Orri Arnason, Conductor, String Arranger, Strings, Strings Conductor, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Simonsen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  4. 4 Wolves Without Teeth

    Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Steingrimur Karl Teague, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  5. 5 Empire

    Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Somers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, Guitar Loops, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steingrimur Karl Teague, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  6. 6 Slow Life

    David Campbell, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Somers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lisa McCormick, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Accordion, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erm Navarro, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steingrimur Karl Teague, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hughes, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Simonsen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  7. 7 Organs

    David Campbell, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Bisharat, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Josefina Vergara, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Brophy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Stone, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  8. 8 Black Water

    David Campbell, String Arranger, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Bisharat, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Josefina Vergara, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Somers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Brophy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Stone, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lisa McCormick, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Accordion, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erm Navarro, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steingrimur Karl Teague, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hughes, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Simonsen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  9. 9 Thousand Eyes

    David Campbell, String Arranger, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Bisharat, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Josefina Vergara, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Brophy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Stone, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lisa McCormick, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erm Navarro, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steingrimur Karl Teague, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hughes, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Simonsen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  10. 10 I Of The Storm

    David Campbell, String Arranger, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Bisharat, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Josefina Vergara, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Somers, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Brophy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Stone, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lisa McCormick, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erm Navarro, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hughes, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Simonsen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  11. 11 We Sink

    David Campbell, String Arranger, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Bisharat, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Costey, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Josefina Vergara, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Fournier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Brophy, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Cooke, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Stone, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Of Monsters and Men, Producer, MainArtist - Brynjar Leifsson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ragnar Þórhallsson, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lisa McCormick, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Wilson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Accordion, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mario Borgatta, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erm Navarro, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Steingrimur Karl Teague, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Hughes, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Simonsen, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2015 SKRIMSL ehf, under exclusive license to Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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  • Specializing in a cinematic spectacle that evokes wide-open vistas as much as the fathomless depths of an arena, Of Monsters and Men sometimes do sound as majestic as their dreams on Beneath the Skin, pulsating on the waves of insistent rhythms and armies of acoustics. Such a description suggests they hew closely to the Mumford & Sons stomp -- and that does surface occasionally, usually as a forgotten memory, not a rhythm; it's a counterpoint, not a focus -- but the sextet prefers the operatic bombast of Arcade Fire. Where Win Butler and comrades prefer to address big issues with their big music, Of Monsters and Men turn inward, marrying their soundscapes to tales of introspection and romance. The thing is, it doesn't quite matter precisely what Of Monsters and Men sing about on Beneath the Skin. Many of the songs are sturdy, constructed to support these grand ambitions, but these individual pieces are not as consequential as the big, big picture. No, what matters is that gigantic, sparkling rush, a sound that seems destined to fill a vast, empty sky. That they never succeed at their goal is secondary: what lasts is the vision and vibe, an atmosphere that resonates long after the album concludes. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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