My Head is an Animal by Monsters of Men

of monstersBibliographic Information:

Of Monsters and Men (Musical group). (2012). My head is an animal. New York, NY: Universal Republic.

Plot Summary:

The album includes the following tracks:

Dirty paws
King and lionheart
Mountain sound
Slow and steady
From Finner
Little talks
Six weeks
Love love love
Your bones
Yellow light

Clips of the songs can be heard on BBC Music at

Critical Evaluation:

My Head is an Animal was released in April 2012. My head is an Animal, the band’s debut album, has reached the number one position in the charts in several countries across the world including Australia, Iceland, and Ireland. “Little Talks,” a single off the album, reached number one in the music charts of Ireland and Iceland and United States Alternative Songs chart.

Of Monsters and Men is a winner of the 2013 European Border Breakers Awards.(Of Monsters and Men). Of Monsters and Men are currently touring in North America to sold-out audiences.

Reader’s Annotation:

Of Monsters and Men is has interesting lyrics, strong beat, and unusual sound.

Information About the Author:

Of Monsters and Men is a six-piece band from Iceland. The band has been together since 2010. The names of the lead singers are Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar þórhallsson. The names of the band members are Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Brynjar Leifsson, Ragnar þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Árni Guðjónsson

The band won Músiktilrauni, a battle of the bands competition in Iceland in 2010. This earned them a spot in the Iceland Airwaves Festival. While performing there, they performed a Living Room session that was picked up and played in a radio station in Seattle, thus moving them into the North American music scene (Bios).


  • Alternative
  • Indie folk/pop

Curriculum Ties:

  • Music program

Booktalking Ideas:

  • N/A

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

My daughter introduced me to the band and I think the sound is interesting. Alternative Rock has a substantial following with teenagers.


“Once you get the message, little of this debut album will surprise. However, its consistency is undeniable. There isn’t a bad pop song here, and the balance between whimsy, sensitivity and boisterous fun is expertly weighted.”

“This Icelandic six-piece pull off a neat trick: They make whimsical sound tough.”


Bios. (n.d.). Retrieved from


Of Monsters and Men. (2013, May 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
Retrieved May 9, 2013, from


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