Beneath the Skin

Beneath the Skin

by Of Monsters and Men


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2015
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602547274212
catalogNumber: 002297102
Rank: 11668

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Of Monsters and Men   Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
David Campbell   Conductor
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Dave Stone   String Bass
Lisa McCormick   French Horn
Rich Costey   Mandolin,Keyboards
Robert Brophy   Viola
Walter Simonsen   Trumpet
Victor Orri Árnason   Strings
Steingrimur Karl Teague   Keyboards
Erm Navarro   Trombone
Stephen Hughes   Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Rich Costey   Programming,Producer
Martin Cooke   Engineer
Nicolas Fournier   Engineer
Alex Somers   Engineer
Leif Podhajsky   Artwork
Of Monsters and Men   Producer
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson   Composer,Brass Arrangment
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir   Composer
Ragnar Þórhallsson   Composer
Victor Orri Árnason   String Arrangements

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