Monsters of Folk - Monsters Of Folk (4 stars)

Monsters of Folk - Monsters Of Folk

With a band made up of such indie big guns as Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes), Jim James of My Morning Jacket and singer-songwriter M Ward, you’d imagine there would be an almighty scrap over who took frontman duties.

Not with Monsters Of Folk, however, the supergroup of every plaid shirt-donning muso’s dreams. In fact it’s a thoroughly collaborative affair; as this debut record finds all four members singing lead and together on 15 tracks of subtle, affecting country rock.

They also take turns on a range of instruments including harps, keyboards and guitars and let rip; each musician’s distinctive style blending seamlessly throughout these 15 tracks. A blissful union indeed.

(Rough Trade)

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