The Wild Beasts stunning, mellow and beautiful second album Two Dancers. No-one who heard their screechy and lop-sided debut Limbo, Panto could have been ready for such excellence but Two Dancers delivered it in spades. Hayden Thorpe's voice had calmed down a bit, they stopped being quite as madcap and delivered a glacial and spectral album full of guitar-led beauty and romantic lyrical observations.
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It's a lovely slow burning treat. The Wild Beasts new songs don't blast you over the head with hooks and choruses but they solely sidle up to you, nudge you in the ribs and announce their presence. The musicianship is wonderful, guitars are set to spectral but due to the tight playing and the ever so lop sided pop structures they never become clichéd. It's a cross between The Associates nervy, wired early 80's experiments with The Chills gorgeous brooding songs such as 'Pink Frost' and even bits of Can circa 'Future Days' in the way the rhythm section creates a groove for the other instruments to play around. It proves that even the most madcap ideas if brought in a little bit from the left field can produce something genuinely effective and affecting as well as something which with a little bit of time many people (if not everybody) will like.
And therein I guess lies the problem. Why invest time into a band which you may not like or quite get at first when you could have something immediate that satisfies on first listen? I'll leave that to the listener but just remember that the bands that are now being talked about as seminal from many years ago are often those ignored at the time. The album is also a victory for the album format over single tracks and mp3's. The songs don't particularly stand out individually but the whole is much better than the sum of its parts. I hope that other people will listen to this album with fresh ears because The Wild Beasts have certainly won me over and I would say that this is pretty much my album of the year so far.
10/10 Duncan Welsh
Debut album 'Limbo Panto' didn't make much an impression on me, never-the-less I decided to give Wild Beasts second album 'Two Dancers' a listen after seeing 9/10 reviews all over the place. To says it's brilliant would be an understatement, it is a incredible record. Well done Wild Beasts!
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