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Present Tense

Wild Beasts Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Wild Beasts’ Present Tense is a dramatic new album. Gleaming and sparkling with the most intense of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound rethought and retooled with exquisite detail for the 21st century, it doesn't sound like any boys-with-guitars band you've ever heard. And despite the coherence of its sweeping song structures, it wasn't wriIen so much as meticulously ... Read more in Amazon's Wild Beasts Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Disc: 1

1. Wanderlust
2. Nature Boy
3. Mecca
4. Sweet Spot
5. Daughters
6. Pregnant Pause
7. A Simple Beautiful Truth
8. A Dog's Life
9. Past Perfect
10. New Life
11. Palace

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 2 Mar 2014
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Wild Beasts continue to make beautiful, artfully crafted music, with this album continuing the refinement of their style which we have seen through their first three. A must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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New to Wild Beasts? Not Sure? Well I can tell you their 2nd,3rd and 4th albums are amazing quality.

Present Tense is great - Mecca at its heart is simply one of the best songs written this decade. Epic.
Smother - the previous album is a work of genius - every song has an edge - each track a hybrid
of sparkling 80s pop synth and brooding melancholic rock sensibilities.
Two Dancers - outstanding record - more catchy than the others I suppose, but ever so idiosyncratic,
soft in places but also powerful and intense.

They are quite simply my new favourite band and that's only been the case for about two weeks.
I am listening to all 3 albums at once and I can tell you that they have a unique quality - an edge,
whilst also reminding me of such favourite acts as Anthony and The Johnsons (falsetto and in terms
of melancholic / surreal style) and even muse - rampaging tunes with a sense of heaviness
in places. The boys doing the singing get their harmonies just right but what stands out is just
the sheer quality of their song writing.

They are a sensitive band without being cheesy or over egging it - they also take risks on
each album. Rocking on but also making beautiful sounds that will lift your spirits.
They tackle lots of paranoid/ humanistic themes in their lyrics which strangely sits happily
with sometimes very cheerful or tinkly riffs.

If you are new to Wild Beasts then I would buy this, but at the same time get the previous two
albums and listen to them all really is that good.

Fave tracks on Present Tense are Wanderlust, dMecca, Pregnant Pause, A Dogs Life and Past Perfect.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Beasts - Future Perfect 24 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD
The return of Kendall wonders the Wild Beasts is truly the arrival of spring following months of torrential deluge, There is a special ingredient about this British band in comparison to their contemporaries that suggests the upper reaches of the Premier league compared to the lower divisions of the crushingly indifferent indie music circulating at present. "Present Tense' is the long awaited fourth album from the Wild Beasts, and it builds on the electronica trend of the last album "Smother". Hayden Thorpe and crew took a decidedly "Kid A" style turn with the latter and abandoned guitars in favour of elegant sweeping synths, combined with deep seductive melodies and sophisticated soundscapes.

Some will argue that the dandy decadent edge of the band has suffered because of this which is probably true, but who is complaining when the music is quite this good. "Present Tense" commences with the single "Wanderlust" a thing of rich beauty, with crunching synths and a typically brilliant opening line "We're decadent beyond our means, with a zeal/We feel the things they'll never feel". Throughout the album the lyrical content is sharp, witty and often very funny. The vocal duties are as usual shared by Thorpe and the deeper tones of Tom Fleming. His performance on "Daughters" is stunning. It is one of the albums highlights, a sinister and slow piece of electronica that is utterly compelling, although the haunting penultimate track "New Life" is almost its match . This album also includes the bands most commercial moment to date in the lively "A Simple Beautiful Truth" a piece of pop perfection which would not go amiss sound tracking the sun going down on a Mediterranean Isle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Beasts get better and better 5 Mar 2014
By Simon F
Format:Audio CD
I hold their previous 3 albums albums in high stead and was hoping this new one would be just as good. Thankfully it is, if not better.

Wild Beasts are a little different from other bands and better for it in my opinion. Introspective and reflective in places, the album is consistently strong and melodic. The odd burst of synth is a welcome addition and overall it is a very enjoyable listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 19 Jun 2014
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Wild Beasts are a marmite proposition but I found that, with a few exposures to the Two Dancers I quickly went from 'WTF is this' to 'this is different' to, finally 'this is amazing.'

And so it continued into Smother and now this, Present Tense, their fourth album. All USP's are ticked, the falsetto voice playing counterproint to the husky drawl, the studenty type lyrics from youngsters high on literary references, the minor chord pieces that steam train along, slow speed but utterly unstoppable momentum.

Present Tense is more of the same we've come to expect but if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Again it takes a few listens to appreciate what's going on here, I find that my all time favourite albums are ones I didn't get or even like upon first listen and this is no exception.

Of the three albums I have I think this is my favourite, the sound is maturing along with the band and the vocals are tricksy, inspired and very clever. Let us not forget the musical backcloth to all of this, the sound is beguiling. Somehow low key and at times barely there but it seems to have a force that cannot be countenanced.

Heady stuff, not for the musically uninitiated but if you are looking for a keeper of an album and are beyond pop fluff and empty sentiment give this a whirl.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and dreadful
Simply dreadful.Each song is like the previous one on the album - very little to differentiate. Irritiating vocals. Regret buying this.
Published 1 month ago by Jason Bourne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
New to me but extremely good
Published 1 month ago by M Bowery
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverness
Cleverness - what a joyous trip these wordsmiths continually deliver, all wrapped in an array of notes and sounds..
Real wonderlust.
Published 1 month ago by k fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent cd thanks
Published 2 months ago by d miles
5.0 out of 5 stars New stuff.
Great cd full of refreshing new sounds.
Published 2 months ago by jackie side
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didn't enjoy it at all - bit dull and dreary and the vocals irritated me after a short while
Published 2 months ago by Andy George
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
Beautiful voice, great songs. A real gem that deserves to sell by the bucket load.
Published 2 months ago by Rupi
3.0 out of 5 stars I wish I loved it
I totally loved the first 2 Wild Beasts albums, especially 2 Dancers. Smother was a bit tame but still good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Byron
4.0 out of 5 stars wild beats
4th album from wild beasts starts with wanderlust and doesn't let up till last song palace vocals on all songs soar from start to finish stand out tracks are wanderlust daughters... Read more
Published 4 months ago by cass
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous music
It is not a surprise, lovely songs, amazing music, the presentation of the package, Very nice presentation of the disc
Published 4 months ago by Claudia Albornoz
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