My Head Is an Animal

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My Head Is an Animal
Studio album by Of Monsters and Men
Released 20 September 2011 (Icelandic release)
3 April 2012 (International release)
Recorded 26–28 March 2011;
9–25 January 2012
Stúdíó Sýrland, Reykjavík[1]
Genre Indie folk, indie rock, indie pop
Length 59:38
Label Record, Republic
Producer Of Monsters and Men, Aron Arnarsson, Jacquire King
Of Monsters and Men chronology
My Head Is an Animal
(2011)
Live From Vatnagarðar
(2013)
International release
Singles from My Head Is an Animal
  1. "Little Talks"
    Released: 20 December 2011
  2. "Dirty Paws"
    Released: 12 April 2012
  3. "Mountain Sound"
    Released: 2 September 2012
  4. "King and Lionheart"
    Released: 3 March 2013

My Head Is an Animal is the debut studio album by the Icelandic alternative folk band Of Monsters and Men,[2] released through Record Records in Iceland in 20 September 2011. After their success, topping the Icelandic charts with their debut single, "Little Talks", the band signed with Universal Music Group and the album was released in North America through Republic Records on 3 April 2012. The title of the album comes from the second line in "Dirty Paws".

The international version of the vinyl LP was pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, Tennessee.

Release and promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Little Talks" was released as the debut single by the band, and the lead single from My Head Is an Animal on 20 December 2011,[3] after it had been released as a promo to radio stations in the US and Europe in July 2011.[4] The single propelled the band to nationwide popularity in the US, and has so far sold a million copies there.[5] The success of the single in the US led to the band's signing with Universal Music Group, and the single, along with a revised version of My Head Is an Animal was released in North America on 3 April 2012.[6] The music video for the song debuted in February 2012.

"Dirty Paws" served as the second single off My Head Is an Animal in the UK and Ireland. It was released on 12 April 2012, in the lead up to the album's re-release in Europe. A promotional single followed in June.[7]

"Six Weeks" was released as a promotional single off the album in the UK and Ireland. It was released as a digital download on 27 August 2012.[8]

"Mountain Sound" was released in the US as the second single from the album, and the fourth overall. Seeing a release worldwide as the follow-up to "Little Talks" as well, it was released on 2 September 2012.[9] A music video to accompany the single was released on 24 September.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[10]
Beats Per Minute 81%[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]
Paste Magazine 7.5/10 stars[13]
Sputnik Music 4/5 stars[14]

The album received positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic it currently holds a rating of 66/100, signifying generally favourable reviews.[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted in the United States at number six on the Billboard 200, selling 55,000 units in its first week alone.[16] This marked the best chart performance for an Icelandic musical artist in U.S. history.[16][17] The previous chart record was held by Björk's Volta, which peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 in 2009.[16] As of February 2013, 673,000 copies of My Head Is an Animal have been sold in the United States.[18] In January 2014, the band announced via Facebook that the album had achieved platinum certification in the United States, indicating sales of 1 million copies.[19]

Track listing[edit]

All songs are credited to Of Monsters and Men, but were actually written by the band's individuals and/or others. The actual writers are listed alongside the tracks.[20]

Original Iceland release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dirty Paws"   Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson 4:26
2. "King and Lionheart"   Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir 4:35
3. "Numb Bears"   Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson 2:45
4. "Sloom"   Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson 4:42
5. "Little Talks"   Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson 4:24
6. "From Finner"   Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Brynjar Leifsson 3:41
7. "Six Weeks"   Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson 5:32
8. "Love Love Love"   Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir 4:02
9. "Your Bones"   Ragnar Þórhallsson 4:07
10. "Lakehouse"   Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Brynjar Leifsson 5:42
11. "Yellow Light" (ends at 4:52; hidden song "Sinking Man" starts at 13:04) Ragnar Þórhallsson 15:45
Total length:
59:38

Personnel[edit]

Album artwork[edit]

The picture on the front of the international release is a picture that Brynjar's grandfather took of his friend. The original was black and white; Arnar Hilmarsson added the coloring. The picture on the back is a family picture that Ragnar found in his family pictures.[21]

The pictures on the front and back of the Icelandic release depict men dressed for the Icelandic national sport of Glima.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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