album review: wild beasts
  • THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

For those who fell for Wild Beasts' 2009 offering Two Dancers — the dueling guitar lines, the campfire percussive rythms, or the distinct timbre of their voices — the band's newest release Smother offers even more insight into what makes Wild Beasts worthy of your ear real estate. They've tightened their twisted riffs while maintaining a similar song patter, constructing new sounds that coax without repelling any level of fan, casual or obsessed. Constructions ebb with just as much business as their prior work, and in some cases, more so. But the presence of a new, subtle electric tinge murmuring below the surface provides a new ubiquitous warmth. Sure, dissenters probably won't find much to change their narrow minds; this is still Wild Beasts territory, and they are as weird as ever. But enter the new plot with an open mind, and you'll be rewarded with a unique and engaging set of concoctions.

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