Single Review: Of Monsters and Men – Human

By on Tuesday, 1st December 2015 at 12:00 pm

Being a folk sensation leaves little room for manoeuvre. Take Mumford and Sons for instance: heavyweights in their field, but evidence that having the same sound consecutively wears thin very quickly, you have to shape up and get with the times.

Of Monsters and Men have done this nicely with their recent sophomore record ‘Beneath the Skin’ and more importantly, with upcoming single ‘Human’. The bones from the band before are still there, but there’s a definite evolution to be heard. The sound is grander, with more of a conscious effort to include electric guitars and large, thunderous drums. “Breathe in, breathe out and let the human in” softly signals the birth of the chorus, which is where Of Monsters and Men do what they do best. Surrounded by backing chants and chiming bells, everything it contains strikes the right chords. It’s warming, charming and full of life.

It switches back and forth between the powerful chorus and the more timid verses, referencing our ability as humans to sometimes let the monster inside take over our better selves and forget who we are. “Eat me like a cannibal, chase the neon throne” may sound like nonsense, but that’s the beauty of it. We, as a species, don’t make sense and are far too often seen to sacrifice our own well being and sanity for what we believe to be the greater good, thus creating our own monsters.

The final crescendo, with its echoing and reverberating guitar sound, wouldn’t go amiss amongst stadium rock giants such as U2 or Coldplay. Both the crescendo and song are certainly not reinventing the wheel, but it’s good to hear the progression and experimentation developing. Of Monsters and Men have a special gift in their songwriting craft, going from strength to strength; come the time for their third output, we could potentially be on the verge of an absolute takeover and they’ll be selling out full arena tours and a household name in no time.


‘Human’, the upcoming single from Of Monsters and Men, will be released the 25th of December on Island Records in the UK and Republic Records in America. The song features on the band’s new album ‘Beneath the Skin’, out now. Past coverage of Of Monsters and Men on TGTF is this way.


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