Of Monsters and Men - Fever Dream
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #392 / 430
User Score
Based on 108 ratings
2019 Ratings: #599
July 26, 2019 / Release Date
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Republic / Label
Pop Rock, Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
Sputnikmusic

Of Monsters and Men use Fever Dream to reject the expectation that they’re nothing more than a “made-for-radio” indie folk band, and based on these results I’d tend to agree with them. This could be the group’s strongest offering to date, and it’s a noticeable few steps outside of their comfort zone.

80
AllMusic

With Fever Dream, Of Monsters and Men took a chance and rediscovered their creativity, embarking in a colorful and bold direction without sacrificing their heart and soul in the process.

80
Spill Magazine

Fever Dream is evident of OMAM’s artistic growth, as the music features their unique fairytale fantasy narrative, but it is expressed through a more matured sound.

70
God Is in the TV

I suspect this album, like ‘Beneath the Skin’, will require a lot more than a couple of hearings for its quality to sink in but I can’t get away from the nagging suspicion that they may have tried a little too hard to find a new direction here when perhaps one wasn’t even required.

63
Paste
If, from start to finish, the whole record worked half as well as “Alligator,” it’d be a bold new chapter in Of Monsters and Men’s narrative. Years from now, we’ll probably just look back on it as a peculiarity instead.
60
The Independent

There is no song on Fever Dream that is likely to eclipse, or even cast a shadow on the success of “Little Talks”, but this is a soothing, affable record nonetheless.

60
Dork
‘Fever Dream’ is an evolution they needed to take after an extended break, and it’s a beautiful explosion of colour which radiates the more you listen.
60
NME

‘Fever Dream’ is perfectly listenable, but is missing the magic spark that made the Icelandic band a smash success when they first emerged.

50
Exclaim!

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.

50
DIY
Channelling zeitgeisty pop is by no means always a bad thing; but when omitting the earwormy choruses it needs - and removing your own personality in the process, it’s only ever going to fall a bit limp.
40
Slant Magazine
For a group whose songs typically brim with rustic intimacy and traverse the wild, sprawling landscapes of both the head and heart, their latest feels like it sold off those land rights and opted for the lurid electric shimmer of the city.
40
Spectrum Culture

Understandably, Of Monsters and Men desire to break through as more than a (admittedly sizable) blip on the musical radar of the 2010s. Suffice it to say Fever Dream will fail to accomplish this, though its decent musicianship should allow them at least another chance to try again in the 2020s.

oh
65
I like the cover art and the album is boring

also, I need ideas of what I should do when I reach 100 followers
usedtobe
65
Felt I've heard this sound being used before and one word pops into mind listening to this: misfire. A glaring disappointment after a long hiatus.
Plats
52
"Fever Dream" is something I wasn't expecting from the otherwise energetic and colorful little indie band I heard on the radio. It's cleanly-produced, but GAWD is it generic! The lack of memorable hooks and songwriting also makes this fall flat as a decent pop record.

Fav Tracks: Alligator; Wild Roses; Soothsayer; Vulture, Vulture

Least Fav Tracks: Róróró, Under A Dome, Sleepwalker

Score:
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notanalt
50
Le Yawn

What A Boring Album
doctorchair
95
Not really understanding all the negative reviews on this album. I was a HUGE fan of OMAM's first album, and was highly disappointed with their sophomore effort, but this feels like a step in the right direction. They dismissed their old folk rock sound in favor of indie pop, which honestly I'm all for. Nanna has never sounded more at ease, and I imagine they'll have a lot of fun playing these songs live.

Favs: Róróró, Wild Roses, Sleepwalker
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Track List

  1. Alligator
  2. Ahay
  3. Róróró
  4. Waiting for the Snow
  5. Vulture, Vulture
  6. Wild Roses
  7. Stuck in Gravity
  8. Sleepwalker
  9. Wars
  10. Under a Dome
  11. Soothsayer
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