Music review: Of Monsters and Men Live from Vatnagardar

By Kim Gillespie

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Of Monsters and Men, Live from Vatnagardar
Of Monsters and Men, Live from Vatnagardar

It might say "Live" on the cover, but don't expect too many stadium anthems from these Icelandic alternative folksters.

In fact, the title of this first track, Slow and Steady, gives a better clue about the tracks on this iTunes exclusive EP - recorded at Syrland studio in Iceland without an audience.

Which is a pity because Of Monsters and Men have the potential to go to town and really get their "Mumford" on.

Only glimpses of this are evident - on the slow-building Dirty Paws and the highlight, the EP closer Six Weeks, on which they momentarily enter Arcade Fire territory.

The seven-track EP includes studio-live versions of six songs from the band's album, My Head Is An Animal, and a cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Skeletons.

Fans of the band may appreciate these different takes on their favourite songs, while others should check out My Head Is An Animal first.

FOLK/POP, Of Monsters and Men, Live from Vatnagardar

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