Wild Beasts, who’ve been bringing perverse arty falsetto weirdness to indie rock for more than a decade, are calling it a day. As part of their farewells they present Last Night All My Dreams Came True, a sort-of greatest hits that features new recordings of old material, recorded under live-in-the-studio conditions. They will be missed. On Domino.
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One of the better bits of news I heard all year was the information that Wild Beasts were to break up. Not that I dislike the band in any way. I wish them well but really the only reason they had left to stay together was to see if it was actually humanly possible to make an album worse than 'Boy King'. Their despairing swan song is somewhat over represented on this live-in-studio 'best of' ...presumably in the hope that people like me will hear these more stripped down versions and decide we were wrong all along.... but no... tracks like 'Big Cat', '2BU' and 'Get My Bang' are just as awful as they were first time round. Their presence disrupts what otherwise is a pretty nice way to send the band off. They play the best bits of the patchy 'Present Tense' ('A Simple Beautiful Truth', 'Wanderlust') and of course all their early songs are fantastic and utterly unruinable.
The fact that the only representative from their debut 'Limbo, Panto' is a reworked 'The Devil's Crayon' (as 'The Devil's Palace') suggests that they are somewhat ashamed of that release. They shouldn't be. Tracks like 'This Old Dog' would have worked wonderfully here and surely they could have dropped one of the six (6) 'Boy King' offerings to make way for it. Other than that small-ish gripe over tracklist they play these songs pretty assuredly. It's a funny old bucket as it's nothing is that dissimilar the the originals, no crazed re-inventions are going on just slightly a less polished facsimile with vocals slightly more overwrought (check the Mariah Carey-esque opening to 'Hooting and Howling').
But all is now well. The fact that they are gone means that I can remember them fondly for such superb albums as 'Two Dancers' and 'Smother' and not bother myself too much with what they became later on. Cheerio Chaps, Cheerio Goodbye
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