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Monsters of Folk.
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December 18, 2009 The group may be called Monsters of Folk, but "folksy" is not the adjective that springs to mind when listening to the debut album from Jim James, Conor Oberst, M. Ward and Mike Mogis. With steel drums, samples from '70s gospel music, contemporary pop, blues and, of course, a folk element, it's a conglomerate of sounds and inspirations.
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December 7, 2009 We could tell early on that 2009 was going to be an outstanding year for music. Bands such as Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver and Antony and the Johnsons all released new albums, and that was just in January. By the time we posted our online ballot to vote for the year's best music, we had a dizzying array of albums and artists from which to choose. Here are the top 25, as selected by All Songs Considered listeners.
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October 9, 2009 "Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)" functions as Monsters of Folk's calling card: a ghostly, reverb-soaked ballad in which singers Jim James, M. Ward and Conor Oberst take turns expounding on the human race's relationship with you-know-who.
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