Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal (10th Anniversary Edition) (2021)
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My Head Is An Animal (10th Anniversary Edition) will feature four tracks that were not on the 2012 U.S. release, including two never-before-released songs: “Phantom” and “Sugar In A Bowl.”
“It’s been 10 years since the original edition of MHIAA was released in Iceland and because of that we wanted to do something special so we’re releasing a 10th anniversary edition of the album as well as performing some fun live, intimate anniversary shows from Iceland from the venue where we played our first album release party ever,” the band said in a statement.
While “Phantom” and “Sugar In A Bowl” are newly recorded songs, they are not new to the band. “Phantom” was first performed by Of Monsters and Men in 2010 at the renowned Músíktilraunir music competition. It was one of the two songs performed when they took home first place in the competition helping to jumpstart their career. The album features another unreleased track entitled “Sugar In A Bowl”—also composed and conceptualized over a decade ago but never recorded.
Upon release in 2011, My Head Is An Animal scaled the Billboard Top 200, bowing at #6. It also boasted the quintuple-platinum “Little Talks,” which became “the first song by an Icelandic band to cross 1 billion streams on Spotify,” and the gold-selling “Dirty Paws.” To date, the album has been streamed nearly 5 billion times globally and was the starting point for the band’s long career.
In 2019, the group welcomed listeners into the embrace of their critically acclaimed third full-length album, FEVER DREAM. Not only did the record tally 80 million-plus total streams to date, but it also attracted acclaim from Billboard, NPR, The Line of Best Fit, Independent, Paste, and more. Clash Magazine claimed, “The songs also have an emotional content to them that is hard to ignore.” Q Magazine praised it as “a dizzying rush of exuberance and emotion…their transformation into an arena-ready pop beast is complete.” Notably, the single “Alligator” made history by completing “their quickest climb to #1 on the Adult Alternative Songs Airplay Chart,” as reported by Billboard. In addition to selling out dates coast-to-coast on the FEVER DREAM Tour, the group delivered rapturous television performances on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! , The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Ellen.
Of Monsters and Men went from the talk of Iceland to the top of the global conversation on their 2011 debut, My Head Is An Animal. Not only did the record go platinum, but it also produced an international smash in the form of “Little Talks.” The breakthrough single earned a quintuple-platinum certification from the RIAA, made history as “the first song by an Icelandic band to cross 1 billion streams on Spotify,” and landed the band a performance on Saturday Night Live. The group appeared on official soundtracks for franchises such as The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, and Beat Bugs, to name a few. In addition to performing at festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Firefly, and beyond, they supported Florence + the Machine on a high-profile arena tour. In the midst of this rapid rise, 2015’s Beneath The Skin bowed in the Top 3 of the Billboard Top 200 and the band starred in an episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones in the same year.
1. Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws
2. Of Monsters and Men – King And Lionheart (2011 Iceland Release Version)
3. Of Monsters and Men – Numb Bears (2011 Iceland Release Version)
4. Of Monsters and Men – Sloom
5. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
6. Of Monsters and Men – From Finner
7. Of Monsters and Men – Six Weeks
8. Of Monsters and Men – Love Love Love
9. Of Monsters and Men – Your Bones
10. Of Monsters and Men – Lakehouse (2011 Iceland Release Version)
11. Of Monsters and Men – Yellow Light
12. Of Monsters and Men – Sinking Man (2011 Iceland Release Version)
13. Of Monsters and Men – Phantom
14. Of Monsters and Men – Sugar in a Bowl