“So love me mother and love me father and love my sister as well ” - Untitled
Trust me, it’s going to happen. Just as I was certain that Mumford and Sons would do well in the US, I am going on record and saying that Of Monsters and Men will be on your radar soon, if they aren’t already. In 2010, they received some attention when they won a nationwide battle of the bands competition in their native Iceland, a country that isn’t exactly starving for talented artists. They’re part Mumford, part Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and all awesome. There isn’t a CD available yet but there are some songs floating around the net. Get on board now, because you’re gonna hear a lot about this band very soon.
“Someday I guess it’ll be me passing on words to my own legacy. And what I leave behind is more than I came with.” – Who We Are, Who We’ll Become
What can only be described as one of my two most anticipated albums of 2011 has certainly delivered. From the sing-a-long single, “Gravity” to a beautiful ballad, “Noelle, Noelle,” Gift Horse meets and exceeds expectations. Kellogg’s songwriting somehow gets better at each turn, with the obvious focus on family and relationships. There aren’t many instances in which you can listen to an entire album and think to yourself, “I’d really like to hear that song live.” This is one of those albums.
“My Favorite Place” is impossible not to love and “1993″ with it’s Mellencamp-y feel is just so damned fun that I want to take a road trip just so I can sing at the top of my lungs without being judged. Again though, this album is all about the songwriting for me. There’s a line in “Noelle, Noelle” that is just a killer. Kellogg sings, “Someone asked me just the other day, how many songs you gonna write about those kids and the one you took for life? I just smile and say, ‘As many as it takes for them to know that they cannot escape.” The beauty is in the simplicity. Kellogg isn’t a wordy songwriter like Colin Meloy (who I also love), and you won’t need a thesaurus and decoder ring to figure out what he’s talking about. He’s you, he’s me, he’s all of us. He’s grounded by and sings about the things that matter to him. Love, life and family. And I admittedly eat up every bit of it.
The Sixers have really found their place on this album too. Much like the lyrics, they’ve found that sometimes less is more. On previous albums, it sometimes felt like every member was trying to be heard, and though it sounded great, sometimes it felt a bit like they were individual parts. On Gift Horse, the band seems to pick their spots and it’s allowed them to make one hell of an album. The band is currently giving away some new and old songs over at Noisetrade and Gift Horse hits stores and iTunes October 11.
“If you don’t love music, almost next to family, if you don’t love it enough to want it regardless of what it does to you, don’t get into it." - Dave Brubeck
"Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best." -Frank Zappa
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