Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk
Composer: Monsters of Folk
Label: Shangri-La
Release Date: 2009-09-30
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Length: LP
Format: Album
Genre: Recording

Monsters of Folk was spawned in post-show jams between Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket, and M. Ward in 2004., but it’s taken them five years to translate the backstage jams into a studio experience.

They may be Monsters of Folk, but they’ve clearly colored outside genre lines. “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)” features a Marvin Gaye-meets-Moby ambient-soul texture. It’s followed by the Jeff Lynne-flavored “Say Please,” the Wilburys/Beatlesque pop-rock of “Whole Lotta Losin’,” the Everly Brothers twang of “Magic Marker,” and the reverb shimmer of “Temazcal.” The Monsters don’t skimp on the folk, though — from the George Harrison country romp “The Right Place” to the Wilco-at-a-bluegrass-festival protest song “Man Named Truth,” and the low-key gospel of “Goodway.” Considering the band’s spontaneous, collaborative approach to writing, the album is understandably diverse but unexpectedly cohesive.

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