Given to the Wild

Given to the Wild

A stunning breakthrough in ambition and sound for the art-rock Londoners. The vibrant spikiness that characterised The Maccabees when they emerged is largely absent here. Instead, this lush, cinematic record reflects on life’s uncertainties while planting uplifting choruses within stadium grandeur (“Ayla”) and haunted atmospherics (“Grew Up At Midnight”). On “Child” and “Feel to Follow”, the balance between intimacy, invention and stateliness catapults The Maccabees beyond their peers into their own visionary space.

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