Friday, October 2, 2009

Return of the Super Group

Not since The Highway Men has there been a supergroup that has captured my attention such the way The Monsters of Folk have these last couple days. Comprised of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes fame, and M. Ward, MOF has a lot of musical talent going for them. Formed in 2004 after playing backstage together on several tours, the MOF released their first album just a few weeks ago. Since then it has been critically acclaimed by damn near everyone and has been on a constant play rotation in my house.

Often times when supergroups form, they promise a lot but in reality deliver very little (see Audioslave & Velvet Revolver), fortunately this is not the case when it comes to MOF. This album is chalked full of heartfelt songs, sun drenched guitar riffs, and that wonderful Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan piano sound. Definitely more rock than folk. Below is the music video to their first single off the album, The Right Place.

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