Of Monsters and Men Fever Dream

Of Monsters and Men Fever Dream
5
Fever Dream is the third studio album from Icelandic folk pop band Of Monsters and Men. They never seem to shy away from buoyant sounds and harmonizing vocals; this time around, not much has changed in their style. The album is fun and enjoyable, but it never really reaches what they are capable of as a dynamic group. Every song bleeds into the next, almost sounding the same. It's not the worst feature ever, but as a collection, it doesn't stick out as anything exceptional.
 
Most of the tracks, like "Stuck In Gravity" and "Wars," are slower before building up to what seems like a triumphant moment, but never quite develop into what's expected. Nanna Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson's vocals are sweeter and more graceful than ever, but instrumentally, across the record, it's nothing fans haven't heard before. "Alligator" stays true to their catchy tempos and hypnotic drumming, but in the end, it just feels like out-dated punk rock.
 
Surprisingly, "Soothsayer" ends Fever Dream on a strong send-off, but it isn't enough to save the album. The steady tempo, faint piano and striking guitar make this one of the unique tracks. It only gives hope that Of Monsters and Men can find a more experimental avenue next time. (Republic Records)