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Monsters of Folk 

Monsters of Folk (Shangri-La)

The hilariously named Monsters of Folk consists of indie-rock superstars M. Ward, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis (both from Bright Eyes). Many have already compared MoF to the Traveling Wilburys, and it's appropriate since both bands are folk-rock supergroups, but a more notable point is that the Monsters, like the Wilburys, are artists who may be pushing past their peak. However, Monsters of Folk is pretty damn good. Like Wilco's last record, the playing is reassuringly familiar, but vital. Nothing here amazes (except maybe the trip-hop-tinged "Dear God"), but the camaraderie on tracks such as "Temazcal" and "Losin' Yo Head" is so infectious it's hard to regard Monsters of Folk as anything but a success.

Losin Yo Head (album) - Monsters Of Folk

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