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Wild Beasts

2009

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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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Holy fuck that was terrible

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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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4

Odd at first but it grows on you

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

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

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

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

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2.5 unoffensively forgettable

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

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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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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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5

I like this.

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

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Nice background music

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4

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

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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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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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Really tweaky. Liked it.

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Not all good, but mostly

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british indie glass animals vibes. catchy!

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Interesante descubrimiento, lastima que la banda no exista mas.

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4

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

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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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I... really dig this

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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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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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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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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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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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2009: All The King's Men, When I'm Sleepy

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Nice background music. My mom would probably like it...

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Kinda weird sounding, fails to make an impression

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Not a fan of the high pitch voice

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Not bad--pretty nice easy listening, but not something I'll go back to.

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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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This was actually pretty cool

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Not bad, but really nothing interesting.

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

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false

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Indie-pop. Ni fu ni fa.

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

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Interesting music but too weird for my taste

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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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It was okay. Didn’t love it, but didn’t hate it.

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false

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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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Odd vocals, good tunes, relaxing, good for work

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Lastig inkomen. Een album met twee gezichten voor mij. De eerste helft wordt van de tweede helft gescheiden door Two dansers. Terwijl het eerste deel mij af en toe irriteert door de falsettozang, doet het tweede deel me bij vlagen denken aan vroeg werk van the Killers. Dit komt voornamelijk door de zang. De arrangementen zijn gelaagd, bij tijd en wijlen complex en spelen met ritme en sound. Erg gaaf. De zang is voor mij een afknapper, al kan ik me voorstellen dat dit album een nieuwe stijl inluidde waarin bijvoorbeeld the Temper Trap en Alt-J zich verder ontwikkelden. Geen makkelijk album, wel interessant.

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De eerste tonen doen me een beetje aan Air denken, en dat belooft veel goeds. Dan wordt alle rust verstoord door een dronken zanger die iets teveel geblowd heeft. Kwam van een feestje van Kate Bush volgens mij. Het aantal sterren is vooral voor de muzikanten. Heerlijk ontspannen - bijna dance - muziek. Aan de stem ging ik stiekem ook wel wennen. Mijn favoriet is "We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues".

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The voice is a little too strange for my taste.

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Muzikaal en productie technisch wel goed. Maar over-de-top geluidjes en irritante vocalen.

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I was surprised that I hadn't heard this before. I enjoyed it. Haunting vocals and interesting lyrics

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Not as bad as I thought it might be

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This was a nice surprise find for me. The vocals were a bit offbeat but that’s ok, others hate it but i don’t mind them at all. Reminds me a lot of Cocorosie with the quirky falsetto. I think this will grow on me with repeated listenings

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I didn’t get to listen to all of this but I enjoyed what I heard. 3*

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beach house var bättre

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It's fine. More interesting than i expected, but still an indie record.

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A bit bland and nothing really. Inoffensive but boring.

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Although this was rally not for me (the operatic signing, the mystical montage music that was honestly mostly all pretty similar) I have to appreciate the originality, and the lyrics were unusual, and clever.

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Has a familiar vibe. Somewhat like a tv on the radio and two door cinema feel. Nothing really stood out, but it was pleasant enough

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didn't care for the falsetto singing

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Kind of cool and surprising. I liked how theatric it was

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Not heard this before. The fun powder plot sounds very mannered. Like they were raised on opera then tried to become an indie band. Not sure if this is interesting and good, or odd and annoying. The same ingredients sound better on Hooting And Howling, which sounds like LCD Soundsystem mixed with Fleet Foxes fronted by Jimmy Somerville. Sadly as it went on it became more and more background noise as I went about my day. It was nice, and innofensive, but I wasn't grabbed by it.

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between a 3 and 4

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I feel the need to put this in a box. What is this branch on the late 00s indie tree? Somewhere near Wolf Parade and Future Islands. The taxonomy is familiar - chiming guitars with heavy delay, lots of toms on the drum kit, literary references, $10 words, and most importantly a voice that's intentionally affected in an unplacable direction. Does it feel good to reduce something pretentious into its component parts? You bet your balls it does. This album was great but I couldn't get past the pompous feel. These Beasts are more posh and noble than Wild. Maybe Elegant Beasts? High-Born Beasts? I'm treading into unfamiliar waters here, assuming the singers affect is more than just a dracula impression, but a signal of class and heritage in the Queen's England, and potentially an important component of their acclaim or social message. Maybe Coursera offers a class on UK accents. I appreciated when the Wild Beasts made it sexy at times. B-

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A bit Elbow-y at times, but without the interesting bits. Inoffensive, but not sure it's worthy of this list! Fav new track: All The King's Men

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for nostalgia related reasons mainly

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Indie pop outfit out of the UK featuring dreamy guitars and a falsetto that can either fit the song or drain you. Two Dancers (i) and (ii) are especially nice listens given the sequencing, the the rest of the album just sort of washes over me. It's nice, but not groundbreaking to me.

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Album indie rock bien ok. Se démarque un peu par son style unique, mais très toothless

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Somewhere between Radiohead and MGMT. A nice sound and great vocals, but I couldn't find any standout tracks.

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Interesting moments, especially those coming from the rhythm section. Guitar work complimented the music and even had a few cool moments, like on track 4. The dark and brooding lyrics mixed well with the instrumentation, although the falsetto screaming was in my opinion in poor taste and a display of improper technique on the part of the singer. Beyond the first half of the album I just couldn't retain much interest and sincerely felt that some of the tracks were half hearted. This could have been a 4 star EP, but it is a 3 star LP given the completely uninteresting second half and... misguided vocal performances.

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28th December 2021 Listened whilst unpacking and cleaning the flat after coming back from LA! Enjoyed this more than I thought I would after the first couple of songs. Memories of Edinburgh with hooting and howling.

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I liked, but didn't love this album. It was an interesting listen, but somehow seemed derivative of a few other things I love (Jeff Buckley and Talking Heads) and made me just want to listen to them.

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Rhythms were good. Vocals were haunting. Lyrics were dark. It's not my usual taste, but I enjoyed hearing it.

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really didn't like the lyrics and the vocal delivery was pretty forced, but i really enjoyed the melodies and instrumentals. a good amount of variety too

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I liked Wild Beasts. This album is good but not as good as those that followed, particularly Boy King. The falsetto can grate a little after a while but overall an enjoyable listen

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

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damn. another boring ass album.

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

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

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Liked the music, not the vocals

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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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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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Are there different tracks or is this just one mediocre song repeated in other, worse forms?

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it’s ok

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Music was cool, but didn’t like the vocals.

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It wasn't to my taste

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Niet helemaal mijn genre. Wel een goed album met leuke overgangen in de nummers.

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This was bad. All the songs blended together.

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Way too weird for my liking

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

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First Listen

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I half listened to this once. I really couldn't get into it.

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It was OK but I wouldn't listen again apart from that All the Kings Men song.

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

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It's fine. Not super good. Decent music to ride a scooter to though.

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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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Definitely not bad at all, but also nothing special.

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sounded a bit like the cure - a bit less moody

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Seemed alright

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At first I enjoyed it a fair bit, with The Fun Powder Plot to All Kings Men being enjoyable. But as it went on I began to lose interest and it did get a bit repetitive in a negative way. It's alright but wouldn't listen to it on a regular occurance.

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Aivan vieras nimi itselleni, mikä on hieman erikoista genren huomioon ottaen. Tykkään kovasti musisoinnista ja yleistunnelmasta, mutta laulajan ääni on vähän liian erikoinen varsinkin falsettiin mennessä. Varsinkin enemmän levyä kuunnellessa laulajan ääni alkaa häiritsemään enemmän ja enemmän. Myöskään kappaleiden laatu ei ihan riitä. Ensivaikutelma levystä oli kolmonen, mutta nyt joutuu kyllä pyöristämään alaspäin.

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Aika mitäänsanomaton levy, menee samaan kategoriaan kuin kaksi aiemmin arvosteltuakin. Ei tarttuvia biisejä eikä myöskään muutenkaan mitään erikoisuutta. Semirauhallisen tempon biisejä, konemaisia taustoja.

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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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Inoffensive, and I'm not sure it's a compliment.

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

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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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Good

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What. The. Fuck.

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Goede compositie, jammer van de zang.

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Hier kan ik heel weinig mee. Voor mij te weinig samenhang. Een samenraapsel van diverse invloeden.

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Why is something like this in this list and Stevie Ray Vaughan not? Absolutely not my tatse

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Tjee, dit gaat echt alle kanten in, iets te experimenteel voor mij. Zang is met vlagen wel oké, maar als ie de kopstem gebruikt vind ik het niet om aan te horen, vals kerkelijke invloeden… Deuntjes bij vlagen wel interessant, maar wanneer de kopstem weer naar voren komt haak ik af. Enige nummers die ik luisterbaar vond waren 6 en 10, waar ik enige invloed van Editors en White Lies in kan terugvinden. Duidelijk zoekende naar eigen sound…

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Awful. Hated it.

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Мимо. Не нравится такое, ни жанр, ни музыкальная составляющая. Не знаю чем этот альбом крут.

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Ono što sam čuo od albuma, nisam baš nešta bio zadovoljan.

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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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This was mildly interesting before the vocals kicked in, but good lord they are terrible. I can't even listen to this whole album. Dreadful.

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another pile of hipster crap

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Nah.

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Kind of happy So tightly produced to the point of falling apart All The Kings Men is good Hurts my head

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nope

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Some interesting instrumentals but the vocals were too harsh and too much.

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Æ, sérstakt en ekkert sérstakt.

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awful fluffy

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