Monsters of Folk - американская группа, состоящая из Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes and Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band), Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes & Lullaby for the Working Classand) и M. Ward (She and Him и соло).
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Музыканты собрались вместе в 2004, когда участники были в турне со своими группами и проектами.
Попробов играть вместе, ребята начали работать над материалом. По той причине, что у каждый уже был достаточно занят в музыкальном плане, первый альбом не выходил вплоть до этого 2009 года, он был выпущен 22 сентября. Стартовал с 143-й позиции в хит параде Billboard Top 200, в дальнейшем достиг 15-го места. Занят #3 в Top Independent Albums, #8 в Top Rock Albums, #7 в Top Digital Albums, and #6 в Top Alternative Albums.

Все играют на гитаре. а Oberst, Ward и James еще и исполняют вокальные партии. Ward к тому же играет на keybords, а Mogis на ударных.
Группа ездила в тур вместе с Bright Eyes, где и придумала себе название Monsters of Folk.

When M. Ward, Mike Mogis, Jim James, and Conor Oberst announced plans to record together, fans were quick to link the supergroup to the Traveling Wilburys, who blazed a similarly star-studded path 20 years prior. Truth be told, Monsters of Folk's emphasis on harmony vocals and atmospheric arrangements has just as much in common with the work of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, even if the political concerns that grounded the latter group are largely absent here. Instead, the self-titled Monsters of Folk tackles religion, nature, love, and lust, with all four songwriters sharing vocals and songwriting duties. Mogis, who rose to prominence by playing a central but somewhat surreptitious role in Bright Eyes, receives slightly less screen time than the others, preferring instead to remain behind the scenes as producer and sideman. Even so, his guitar solo during "Say Please" is one of the album's loudest, rawest moments, and his production helps draw connections between the album's slew of songwriting styles and genres. "Folk" is defined broadly here, as the album encompasses everything from trip-hop to roots rock to homely, homespun pop. Spread over 15 tracks, the combination wears thin at several points, and several songs feel more like their creator's solo work than a composite product. Monsters of Folk has moments on undeniable beauty, though, and when the musicians pitch their voices atop one another -- as they do to notable effect on the gorgeous "Slow Down Jo" -- the benefits of teamwork are more than clear. ~ Andrew Leahey, All Music Guide

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Monsters Of Folk (2009)

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Track List:
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01. Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) 5:07
02. Say Please 2:48
03. Whole Lotta Losin' 2:45
04. Temazcal 3:49
05. The Right Place 3:48
06. Baby Boomer 2:53
07. Man Named Truth 3:51
08. Goodway 2:01
09. Ahead Of The Curve 3:40
10. Slow Down Jo 3:21
11. Losin' Yo' Head 4:37
12. Magic Marker 3:20
13. Map Of The World 4:24
14. The Sandman, The Brakeman And Me 3:23
15. His Master's Voice 4:50

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