Monsters of Folk, Monsters of Folk [Shangri-La Music]
Consisting of M. Ward, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis (both of Bright Eyes), MOF take a stab at becoming a 21st-century CSNY. By and large, they succeed (as on "Man Named Truth"), achieving a warm presence and staying-power potential. Matthew Hendrickson
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