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Two Dancers

Wild Beasts

2009

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Two Dancers
Album Summary

Two Dancers is the second studio album by British indie rock band Wild Beasts. It was released on 3 August 2009 in the UK on Domino Records, with a US release on 8 September. The track "Hooting and Howling" was released as the album's first single on 20 July. Two Dancers was very well received by critics. In 2010. It was awarded a silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 30,000 copies throughout Europe. As of February 2018 it has sold 54,474 copies in United Kingdom and it remains there their top selling album according to OCC.

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2.79

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Indie

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

lots of unintelligible moaning and mumbling over repetitive, droning instrumentation/electronic beats. for the first few tracks, i could see through the banal slog at what could have been interesting--part kate bush/peter gabriel synth driven artpop. but as it wore on, it wore me down. fuck this album

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Wed Apr 28 2021
1

That was really hard work. The voice hurts my ears, my brain, and my sense of decency. It's awful! Musically the album isn't horrible, but damn that voice is all over the place, off-key, out of tune, trying to be all unique, and just ending up as a big pile of nastiness. Someone should be locked up for making me listen to this!

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Thu May 27 2021
1

This is a confusing pick for this experiment into must listen to albums

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Mon Oct 04 2021
1

Two Dancers by Wild Beasts (2009) Here the listener is subjected to artless, conversational, non-metrical, and underdeveloped lyrics written by some guys who clearly haven’t heard enough hip hop, metal, punk, or classic rock (this list could go on and on). They want so badly to be bad. But they choose the wrong métier. They write and sing (and sound!) like kids. They’re not old enough to be reprobates. Their swagger is weenie. The misogyny is ambiguous. And now is not the time for ambiguous misogyny. With such a sad poetic foundation, their music is even sadder. It’s hard to imagine a greater distance between sonic ambience and discursive meaning. The groove is cool enough, until lead singer Hayden Thorpe opens his mouth and starts ‘singing’ airy and lacy falsetto anti-melodies. “We’re just brutes”, he sings (“Hooting and Howling”) in a lilting, faux feminine lilt. It’s almost funny. No, it is funny. No, it’s damn hilarious. And Tom Leming, who takes on lead vocals in four of the eleven tracks, tries this same trick, and the results even more (is it possible?) laughable. Where’s the gong? Chris Talbot’s drumming is good. Look, folks, this album would be worth listening to if you took away the lyrics, compositions, arrangements, lead vocals, backing vocals, and most of the music. I’m being generous. 1/5

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

7/10. This sounded pretty nice overall, and it worked both as background music and when I paid more attention. Still, it wasn’t super engaging, sounded rather droning and I didn’t really care for the vocals

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Mon May 03 2021
2

2.5 unoffensively forgettable

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Thu Dec 02 2021
1

This dreampop by Topman mannequins is as vapid as it comes. If these dorks have something to communicate, they don't come anywhere near communicating it with their affected shrieks and chants. I'm 182 albums in. This is possibly the worst yet.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
5

God, that voice is lovely. I understand people not liking androgynous vocals sometimes, but this is like a mix of the lows and highs of famous androgynous artists all rolled into one voice, and it hooks you pretty quickly. That being said, I did check out the first run of this album, so I thought the album was repetitive and could use some more change-ups. However, I decided to re-listen to a good chunk of the tracks and... I love it even more! Sure, the production is very of its era, but you come to appreciate the little, danceable intricacies, and that voice just gets more stellar! Its a very relaxed album, but it still has that persistent drumming to drive you tapping your foot, bobbing your head, and having a good time. I just find this to be an incredibly solid release, and a re-listen only solidified it. Man, that voice, so pretty.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

9/10. Quite good. Hooting and Howling and This is Our Lot stood out to me, but all of the songs had unique sounds to them that made listening to the album engaging throughout.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

Absolutely fantastic! I love the vocal performance on this a LOT, and this is my favorite type of indie pop. Great!

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: the fun powder plot, Hooting & howling, All the king’s men

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

I found this to be incredibly. Eautiful, calming, atmospheric

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Odd at first but it grows on you

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Loved the music; voice was different, weird at first but got better and better as the album went on. Fantastic album

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Music is transcendent, vocals sometime err on the side of comical. Still…

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Similar to the XX but didnt bang as enough will probably listen again

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

More like 3.5 stars for being good but after a while it turned into background noise

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

Got excited to hear a new indie band especially on the domino label. Turned out to be disappointing with the vocalist sounding like a poor man’s Vitas.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
1

Dig the music. Dislike the vocals. Yeah. I don't like this. Bad poetry sung in a way that annoys me.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

I liked this more than I thought I would, especially after hearing the guy’s voice. The instrumental parts were better.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

I liked it, cool indie album. Nice sound. Not really sure what my favorite song is but I think I'll revisit. 6/8.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

bit of a weird one - im stuck between giving them a 3 star and a 2 star depending on which song i listen to

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Once you get past the god awful lyrics, it's a pretty decent album.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

J'ai écouté très attentivement cet album, mais je suis au regret de vous annocner que la liste de Robert ne me fait actuellement plus bander. Les albums insignifiants s'enchaînent à une vitesse éclaire, et l'on commence à douter des réelles motivations de notre gourou suprême à tous.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

Indie fluff, not sure why its on the list. Sounds like a worse version of the xx, which is fitting since they were nominated for the mercury prize but lost to the xx

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Sun Sep 12 2021
2

i really wanted to like this. i'd never heard of them, and was psyched for something new and interesting coming from the comparatively-recent past. that feeling lasted approximately halfway into the first track. by the last third, i found myself wondering when the last time was that i'd been actively angry at an album. i thought i'd found some relief at one point, but when i looked up, i saw that, in fact, this album had ended, and spotify had moved on to its suggested plays. in short, i did not like this. which is a shame, because i generally love spacey, reverb-ridden guitars, and i genuinely loved the beginning of the first track...but then homeboy's singing started, and that was kind of the end of it for me.

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Fri May 07 2021
1

Not my type of genre, the music is good it just the vocal isn’t my thing but not a bad album

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Wed Oct 14 2020
4

Pleasantly surprised to see this one made the list. I love me some Wild Beasts.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

This was unexpected. Liked the mellow vibe but it also has a weird intensity that made it not boring.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Two Dancers, Wild Beasts, 2009 -I'm ready for this atmospheric, plucky jam to crack this album open. Sounds very art-pop/experimental. Nothing wrong with a little playful off-key falsetto to keep you awake as the instrumentation competes to draw you into a trance. "This is a booty call", sure, how fun! -Hooting and Howling builds up and out beyond the first song, both instrumentation and vocals get a bit more serious and the overall composition of the song is soaked in emotion despite the repetitious and frivolous lyrics like the previous song. You really do get a sense of rolling toward the meat and cheese of the album in this song. -Love how playful the vocals continue to be in the third song, All the King's Men. I'll say frivolous again to describe the falsetto bits, which feel like a delightful frill against the grain of the somber and deep vocalist. This kind of juxtaposition is nothing new, but satisfying all the same. Who doesn't love a little contrast between two halves of a whole? -By song 4 I'm understanding that this is kind of their whole "thing", at least for this song. I think of 2009, and remember being smitten with MGMT, Empire of the Sun, Washed Out, Faust, Passion Pit, Blur, the Kooks, Of Montreal... and on, and on... admittedly this album was not a particularly original take when it was released - but I'll bet their songs were all over 8Tracks playlists. -We Still Got the Taste Dancing is so dreamy and easy to listen to. Nothing amazing but no complaints. If this album were a sandwich, we'd be at the cheese and it would be melty. -Two Dancers (i) and (ii) continue this vibe but more dark-mode in lyric and tone, which frankly, at this point, is necessary to hold my waning attention. -This is Our Lot is a nice come-down as the album wraps up - the vocals remain the main source of emotion in this tune as they did with prior songs, which is to say the instrumentation leaves something to be desired. I did get a kick out of the way the singer occasionally sounds like Shaggy from Scooby Doo. -Underbelly lifts us up and wakes us up and transitions smoothly into Empty Nest which cleanly wraps up the album. The instrumentation is consistent with the rest of the album and the vocals shift between melancholy and optimism, and not much else is going on. Nice little album. They secured 3 stars in my books early on for making great little tunes, but I struggle with giving them a 4th. I'll do it, but begrudgingly because I was not blown away.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Mezcla de The National con Anna Calvi.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Something more recent now, eh?

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Mon Feb 12 2024
4

8/10 super cool alternative album! nice vibe! really love it!

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Not a fan of the high pitch voice

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Instrumentals were very good, but I had no interest in the vocals whatsoever. Though the Spotify-produced radio station that was suggested after this album was very good.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

Not bad, but really nothing interesting.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

I got bored and his vocal performance was not my favorite. 5

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Never heard of Wild Beasts before now. Sounds like a mixture of Talking Heads & Moby. Good mellow mood music.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Hm, strange one. I liked the instrumentation as pretty good ambient background music. The vocals were quite a mixed bag. Really hated the track with the high-pitched vocals. Can't say with that was, they blended together too much for me.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Had me in the first one, lost me in the last 9. Didn’t hate it, just hoped to have enjoyed it more.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Odd vocals, good tunes, relaxing, good for work

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

When the falsetto began I stopped the track immediately. What was that? But I later dutifully listened to the album and it really started to grow on me. A fascinating, quirky, stylistically different alt offering, trying to provoke the listener into a reaction. Both in your face and listen in the background. Lyrics were often awful! One to ponder.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Pour ceux qui n'ont pas bien saisi ce que faisait cet album indie dans la liste des 1001, il y a une explication toute simple. Entre 2005 et 2015, Robert a littéralement passé son temps à écouter de l'indie music pour accompagner son sentiment d'indépendance post-Erasmus. Doutez-vous bien que cette surconsommation a laissé des traces et qu'en 2015, plus personne n'hésitait à le désigner par le terme de "connard".

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Thu Dec 07 2023
3

This one doesn't deserve the hate it gets but it also doesn't deserve a spot on the list. The music is pretty solid to be honest but the vocals are so comical that it's just a distraction. If you're going to go falsetto, you need to either do it really well or commit to being a bit silly. This album achieves neither, which is a shame because the compositions would have been great without that.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
2

I didn't like the lead singer's voice and didn't care much for the songwriting

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Fri Oct 02 2020
2

damn. another boring ass album.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

Didn't like vocals and bit samey. More like indie cock

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Never heard of this before. Not sure if it’s a valid “album you must hear before you die”, but it was fine

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

Odd vocals. Good voice, but doesn’t fit the music.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

It definitely picked up for me on the back half, but this just isn’t for me. This is one of those albums where I respect it more than I like it. Cool atmospherics in here, and some genuinely enjoyable songs, but it hovers too much in the same low key tempo. And that falsetto singing voice is the definition of an acquired taste

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

the grooves are good but the singer's weird falsetto singing was grating. meh

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Mon Oct 18 2021
2

Music is OK. Vocals are dreadful. Very sure way to alienate your audience is by singing in a goofy falsetto.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

Didn't really understand this album at all. Mostly inoffensive but bad, although there were a lot of parts that were miserable to listen to. Giving this 2 stars but it's really close to 1.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

I believe that it's the kind of music from the 2000s that was made to win prizes and not to be enjoyable. "Indie rock" used in its worst connotation.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

This is not modest mouse. Vocals are awful, too high and too low pitched.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

The music beneath the vocals sounds amazing. Really cool drum stuff. But the extreme vibrato is not helping anything; it's extremely distracting. All the King's Men sounds like the band "Battles." Kinda makes me want to listen to them instead, since they don't have any singers as such.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

I love this a lot. Definitely going to listen to more from them.

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Tue May 25 2021
5

I love this. Fantastic melodies and vibes. Right at home on an indie soundtrack.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

They came up with a fun concept and implemented it well. Some alternative albums give me the impression that the artist is taking things music a bit too seriously. I don't have this problem with this record (this is, of course, very subjective). Also, love the chill new wave vibes.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Complex with a good bop. What I hear when I'm still dancing at 3am

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

Really cool Ethereal and dreamy sounds to me. I'd put this on in a heartbeat.

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Sun Mar 05 2023
5

Surprised to find what I considered fairly obscure on this list. It’s a wonderful album that I have a huge amount of love for.

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Mon Apr 17 2023
5

The Wild Beasts were, together with These New Puritans, one of the most interesting bands in the UK from the last 15 years. Bought every album when it was released (except for their last one). It is not immediately clear to me which one to choose for a 1001 list, but Two Dancers is an appropriate choice given its impact in 2009-10. One could argue that due to the vocals of one of the two singers and synths they sound a little bit too much like The Associates and that band is of a completely different level, but still.. the songs and production.. it is all great. Art rock how art rock should sound: 9/10.

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Fri Jun 02 2023
5

I had to listen to this album a few times to get a good feel for it, but it was certainly worth it! Distinctly quirky but also pulsating and driving, a fantastic find!

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Fri Sep 08 2023
5

I loved this. I've heard many vocalists attempt to pull off the vocal ranges and operatic falsettos performed on this album, but something about how Wild Beasts put it together totally works for me. Kind of reminds me a bit of Agent Fresco at times. Super into it, totally adding this to the list of "must return to" albums!

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Sun Sep 24 2023
5

Why did I miss this album, even whole band? Beautiful voice and dreamy atmosphere. Played this one 10 times in a row! Music gives me same shivers like Billy Mackenzie/the Associates and (Anohni ) Anthony & Johnsons.

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Wed Oct 18 2023
5

Uniquely bonkers! Wildly inventive musically and lyrically! YES! YES! YES!

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

I liked the 2 mins I listened to in a car on the way to walmart

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

At first the vocals shocked me and then I loved them. The two singers(?) different takes on songs on how they went about the their styles was great. Fantastic instrumentals with some just fantastic drumming on certain songs. I fancied every song on here as they kept to their own style but varied the music enough that each new song was unique. 10/10

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Mon May 17 2021
4

british indie glass animals vibes. catchy!

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

Interesante descubrimiento, lastima que la banda no exista mas.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Wat een aangename verrassing! Heerlijke deuntjes die aan heel veel andere bands doen denken, lekker speels deuntje eromheen, ik vind het heerlijk. Ik ga hier zeker meer naar luisteren

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

First time through, I was listening in the background and the falsetto vocals were a bit off-putting. Next time around I appreciated the nice melodies and eclectic arrangements. And the guitar that sounds like Edge at the end of “We Still Got the Taste Dancing on our Tongues”. And the gritty, down-and-out lyrics. You have to admire a band that really strives to sound different. I have some of their recent material, with more aggressive chunky beats. Those tracks obviously did a better job of catching my attention than these nuggets.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

2009 best year for indie rock. I've listened to some Wild beasts but never a full album I don't believe. I really enjoyed this. Dude has a killer falsetto and there's a nice variety of instrumentals.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Enjoyed this, made me want to make a snowboard edit. Took me a few tracks to get used to the vocals, but once I did, I found it worked very will with rest of the music.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Pretty weird but pretty good. Surprised I’d never even heard of this band at all.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

This was a real thighrubber of a good time. Wacky whaaa haaa

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

This album was my introduction to Wild Beasts. Beautiful music, very bespoke and pretty, the voice felt ornate. The music kind of exemplifies the Indy-rock of Josh’s generation that came after mine, I missed the boat on it, but would be jealous of lip pierced hipsters riding by on fixies out hipstering me and listening to music like this. The voice and delivery are enigmatic, maybe try hard or post modern sarcastic even? I hear a lot of Indy rock now that seems inspired by this. Listening to the songs by this band that played after the album, which were even more dynamic, maybe their best albums were yet to come? 4.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

I had never heard of this band or artist before so it was, for me, a new discovery. I think the beauty of this album is in his voice, which has such an impressive range.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

i really enjoyed this and it would have been a 5 but towards the end of it i was kind of bored and starting to think "this sounds too much like alt-j/imagine dragons/glass animals" but ill have to re-listen and reassess honestly. also ive never even heard of this band so im not sure why theyre on this list but hey it was good ... cant complain!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Sort of a Bowie feel to some of it. It's alright. Don't think I'm very familiar, but it wasn't bad.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

This was my intro to Wild Beasts, the album was very enjoyable

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