10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded in a remote part of Wales with co-producer Richard Formby, England’s Wild Beasts continue to evolve into a tuneful group less obsessed with sonic abrasions. The dark challenges of their early work continue to follow the flow of Two Dancers to create velvet backdrops that obscure the band’s devious side. Listen closely to “Lion’s Share” and you’ll hear a tale of deep, carnal love. “Bed of Nails” continues Hayden Thorpe’s obsessions with the pain and pleasure principles, while “Burning” grooves with an avant-garde pulse reminiscent of Nico or Suicide. “Loop the Loop,” “Plaything” and “Invisible” chart closer to the works of David Sylvian and latter-day Talk Talk for a take on stationary dance grooves. Rarely is love and sex sung about with such fervor. The seven-and-a half minute “End Come Too Soon” completes the album with a beautiful, weightless piece of travel pop, where you can feel yourself gliding down the highway towards a breathtaking sunset. Wild Beasts are proving to be an ensemble with room to evolve in any direction they desire.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded in a remote part of Wales with co-producer Richard Formby, England’s Wild Beasts continue to evolve into a tuneful group less obsessed with sonic abrasions. The dark challenges of their early work continue to follow the flow of Two Dancers to create velvet backdrops that obscure the band’s devious side. Listen closely to “Lion’s Share” and you’ll hear a tale of deep, carnal love. “Bed of Nails” continues Hayden Thorpe’s obsessions with the pain and pleasure principles, while “Burning” grooves with an avant-garde pulse reminiscent of Nico or Suicide. “Loop the Loop,” “Plaything” and “Invisible” chart closer to the works of David Sylvian and latter-day Talk Talk for a take on stationary dance grooves. Rarely is love and sex sung about with such fervor. The seven-and-a half minute “End Come Too Soon” completes the album with a beautiful, weightless piece of travel pop, where you can feel yourself gliding down the highway towards a breathtaking sunset. Wild Beasts are proving to be an ensemble with room to evolve in any direction they desire.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 Ratings

AlmostHam ,

Captivating in its entirety

Wild Beasts have surely made an impact on many of us with the sophomore release Two Dancers. Anyone that will buy this is because of that album. Smother has a different approach to their artistic guitar melodies and iconic bongo drum work, here there’s a lazy appeal to Smother. It seems that whimsical sound on Two Dancers has been foreshadowed and there’s a new leap in development.
There’s an electric presence that never really evolves instead holding on to that minimalist charm. In Invisible both vocalists seem to be struggling to pull their own weight where both alto and baritone can synchronize and where Hayden and Tom can only find common ground in having their own separate songs to sing or holding a long drone of note behind each other’s words, which in my own point of view is a shame.
Besides the procrastination, Smother is a beaut. Smother is absolutely captivating to get lost into. There’s an acute emotion here that this band knows exactly what to strive for, their sound is something many bands don’t necessarily strive for in this day of age. It’s a rare gem among those mainstreamers. There’s a calm swarm of groove, Reach A Bit Further grapples me the most as their shinning piece, for me this makes Smother all the worthwhile.

Reed's Awesome ,

Their most subtle yet most provocative album yet

Wild beasts have once again proven themselves as one of the most important bands to have emerged out of the new millennium. Smother is an album that will engulf you and not spit you out for some time to come, and in my honest opinion proves that they are the next Radiohead. The album will hit all your audiophile pleasure points and make you question what's next?

noir_dub ,

Officially Obsessed AGAIN

"Smother" is going to smother the crap out of my ears for months --and I will LOVE every minute of it.

This album, in comparison to "Limbo, Panto" and "Two Dancers", is probably what I would call the most understated album BUT this does not mean it lacks drama. On the contrary, "Smother" is an indicator of how their sound has become more mature and refined. "Smother" is Wild Beasts at their sexiest, moodiest, raciest, darkest, and most relatable. And it is hands down, for me, their most dramatic album. It is the soundtrack to any voyeur's life.

"Smother" is just darkly gorgeous in every way. Every track stands out on its own, yet remains cohesive to the whole mood and sound of the album. I can listen to this whole album from beginning track to the last one.

My fave, FAVE tracks that I can't stop listening to on repeat are "Deeper" , "Plaything", "Albatross", "invisible", and "End Come Too Soon" --but I will say that the song "Deeper" is what hooked me.

I bought the CD, but I had to review it on Itunes to give this band my love, since they are probably one of my top 5 fave bands.

Buy it! You won't be sorry!

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