Beneath the Skin (Of Monsters and Men Album)
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Beneath the Skin of Monsters and Men Album

Beneath the Skin
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Studio album by Of Monsters and Men
Released 8 June 2015 (2015-06-08) (Icelandic release)
9 June 2015 (2015-06-09) (International release)
Recorded 2014-2015
Genre Indie folk, indie pop
Length 48:33
Label Republic
Producer Of Monsters and Men, Rich Costey
Of Monsters and Men chronology
Live from Vatnagarðar
(2013)
Beneath the Skin
(2015)
Icelandic release
Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin -ISL-.jpg
Singles from Beneath the Skin
  1. "Crystals"
    Released: 16 March 2015
  2. "I of the Storm"
    Released: 28 April 2015
  3. "Empire"
    Released: 14 May 2015
  4. "Hunger"
    Released: 26 May 2015
  5. "Wolves Without Teeth"
    Released: 27 January 2016


Beneath the Skin is the second studio album by Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters and Men released on 8 June 2015 in Iceland,[1] and a day later in the rest of the world.[2] The album artwork and design has been created by artistic director Leif Podhajsky.[3] It debuted at number three on US Billboard 200, selling 61,000 copies in its first week, became the band's highest-charting album.

The album title is derived from a lyric in the song "Human": Plants awoke and they slowly grow beneath the skin.

The album was nominated for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic63/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
aNewRisingMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Billboard3.5/5 stars[6]
Consequence of SoundC[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB[8]
Q3.5/5 stars
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[9]

Beneath the Skin received generally positive reviews from critics. Madison Vain of Entertainment Weekly stated, "Lyrics brim with woodsy imagery, and the sweet vocals elevate these campfire tunes into something extravagant.[8]

Commercial performance

On the chart dated 27 June 2015, Beneath The Skin debuted at number 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart with 61,000 copies in the first week of its release (including 57,000 pure albums sales), becoming the highest-charting album of the band. Also, its sales in the first week made it the best sales week of the band.[10]

The album also made it entry at number 10 on the UK Albums Chart, selling 8,437 copies.[11] It dropped to number 40 with 2,749 units in the second week on chart.[12]

Track listing

All songs are credited to Of Monsters and Men, but were actually written by the band's individuals and/or others. The actual writers are listed alongside the tracks.[13]

Icelandic release[14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Crystals"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson4:02
2."Human"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson3:58
3."Hunger"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson4:50
4."Wolves Without Teeth"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson3:58
5."Empire"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson4:22
6."Winter Sound"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson3:42
7."Slow Life"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson5:43
8."Organs"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson4:31
9."Black Water"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson4:13
10."Thousand Eyes"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson4:02
11."I of the Storm"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson4:36
12."We Sink"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson4:23
13."Backyard"Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson4:19

Singles

"Crystals", "I of the Storm", "Empire" "Hunger" and "Wolves Without Teeth" were released as the album's singles.

Music and lyric videos

There are three music videos, each for "Crystals," "Empire," and "Wolves Without Teeth." In addition, there are thirteen lyric videos.

Lyric videos

All the videos start with their title cards.

Music videos

  • "Crystals" features the band dressed as construction workers in a warehouse, creating a girlish creature with crystal eyes out of her shame.
  • "Empire" is filmed in black and white and features a young woman who has a very close relationship with another woman. The two of them hang out and it is implied that the young woman looks up to the other woman as a mentor figure in life. Time passes and it is revealed that it was just flashbacks as the young woman - now old - reflects on her life and wonders if she has really changed.
  • "Wolves Without Teeth" features a man and a woman performing cha-cha dancing for judges in a gym.

Charts

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 50
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[22] 17
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 62
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 10
Italian Albums (FIMI)[25] 28
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[26] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[27] 40
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 10
US Billboard 200[31] 3

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[32] Gold 40,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ "Beneath The Skin". Rolling Stone. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ Coleman, Miriam (16 March 2015). "Of Monsters and Men Drop Lush New Single, Announce New Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015. 
  3. ^ "Of Monsters And Men - Beneath The Skin - Leif Podhajský". Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ "Reviews for Beneath the Skin". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ Varwig, Brandon (June 9, 2015). "Album Review Of Monsters and Men Beneath The Skin". Leader-Post. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ Partridge, Kenneth (15 June 2015). "Of Monsters and Men Sink Their Teeth Into 'Beneath the Skin': Album Review". Billboard. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ Young, Killian. "Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Vain, Madison (8 June 2015). "Beneath the Skin by Of Monsters and Men". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015. 
  9. ^ "Review: Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin". Sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2015. 
  10. ^ Caulfield, Keith (17 June 2015). "Muse Earns Its First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". billboard.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  11. ^ "Official Charts Analysis: Muse's Drones fly to No.1 on sales of 72,863 - Music Week: Home Stream". mediaor.com. Music Week. 15 June 2015. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  12. ^ Johnes, Alan (22 June 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Muse's Drones hover at No.1 for second week - Music Week: Home Stream". mediaor.com. Music Week. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  13. ^ "BMI - Repertoire Search". Retrieved 2016. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Beneath the Skin". Iceland: iTunes. Retrieved 2015. 
  15. ^ "Beneath the Skin". United States: iTunes. Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "Beneath the Skin (Deluxe)". United States: iTunes. Retrieved 2015. 
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  18. ^ "Austriancharts.at - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Of Monsters and Men Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Lescharts.com - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  24. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  25. ^ "Italiancharts.com - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  26. ^ "Charts.org.nz - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  27. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  28. ^ "Spanishcharts.com - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  29. ^ "Swisscharts.com - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  30. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  31. ^ "Of Monsters and Men Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  32. ^ "Canadian album certifications - Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin". Music Canada. Retrieved 2015. 

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