Monsters Of Folk

September 20, 2009

monstersoffolk Not every track on Monsters Of Folk, the self-titled album from the indie folk supergroup composed of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis (both of Bright Eyes), M. Ward and Jim James (My Morning Jacket) is a winner, but standout material ranks among the best work these artists have yet done. While the majority of the album sticks to Americana, country, rock, pop and, of course, folk, it takes a surprising turn even now and then, too, as with the stellar opening track, “Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.),” which has an old school soul vibe running through it, or “Losin Yo Head,” which melds power pop with a bit of psychedelic rock. The very best songs, “Temazcal” and “His Master’s Voice,” are startlingly good, lyrically provocative and strong, musically arresting and powerful, and are alone worth the price of admission here. Initial interest in Monsters Of Folk will probably be strongest among fans of its individual members, but the quality of its music deserves a broader audience as well. Standout cuts: “Dear God (sincerely M.O.F.),” “Temazcal,” “Magic Marker” and “His Master’s Voice.”


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