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Smother [CD]

Wild Beasts Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B004P1IQ0G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Product Description

Third studio album by the British indie rock group. The album has been very well received by critics and features the tracks 'Albatross', 'Bed of Nails' and 'Lion's Share'.

Product Description

Sublime 2011 album! Slinky art-pop 'n' glassy funk rhythms from the ascendant UK outfit. Includes "Albatross".

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it time 22 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Though a massive Wild Beasts fan I have to admit being somewhat disapointed in this album upon the first couple of listens. It didnt seem to have the echoey rhythmic groove and interlocking melodies of the stellar Two Dancers. Yet critics in newspapers and magazines up and down the land were raving about it. Was I missing something? Is it a critcs album - easier to admire than to love?

After half a dozen listens it became clear to me why the reviews were so good. It was simply a case that journalists had advance copies and had been listening to the album for longer. For Smother takes you by stealth...slowly reeling you in over a number of listens. Each time I listen I hear a new melodic touch, a phrasing, subtle changes in tempo or vocal inflection. Every note has been lovingly crafted.

This is an intimate album, both in terms of subject matter and it's relationship with the listener. This is not something you have on in the car on the way to the supermarket. The music envelopes you, warming you in waves of texture and dreamy melodic beauty. Rhythms are often hinted rather than overt. Benny Little's guitar, appearing almost absent during the first couple of listens, is weaving a chiming backdrop over which the electronics and piano glide. The drumming is sparse and Steve Jansen-esque.

Then there is the vocals.

Hayden Thorpe has now entirely ditched the histrionics of Limbo,Panto and his voice moves from an intimate whisper to yearning and ecstatic by degrees. Tom seems to have dropped the deep baritone in favour of a warmer mid range vocal styling. There is far more interchange between the two singers than on either of the previous two albums.

Wild Beasts are, in my opinion, in a class of their own at the moment.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Worm In The Rose 9 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
There is a moment in Wild Beasts' new album 'Smother' where the
world fades away into an icy blue/grey mist before our eyes.
The song 'Burning' is one of the most extraordinarily affecting
inventions you are likely to hear this year (or perhaps in any
coming year). It is chilling and heartwarming in equal measure.
(The magic is not unlike the musical alchemy captured in Brian Eno
and Laraaji's 1980 collaboration 'Ambient 3 : Day Of Radiance').

Once Hayen Thorpe's voice gets inside your head its hard to get
it out. His distinctive falsetto and perfectly controlled vibrato
are, if anything, more focussed and affecting than on the band's last
splendid album, 2009's 'Two Dancers'. (Tom Fleming has a very fine
set of vocal chords too!) The ensemble seem to have hunkered down
and stripped away some of their wayward exoticism to reveal a more
concentrated and coherent manifestation of their idiosyncratic muse.

Whether in the jingly-jangly bouncey mid-tempo beats of the gloriously
soulful 'Loop The Loop'; the deeply sinister lyical imagery of 'Plaything';
the deliciously revolving melodic progressions of 'Albatross', or the
captivating romantic intensity of 'Invisible', it is abundantly
clear that we are in the company of a band of world-class ability.
The bitter-sweet ambiguity of their vision takes one's breath away!
Like the worm in the heart of William Blake's Sick Rose (and just as
English to the core) it is an exhilarating marriage of beauty and decay.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Beasts - The Sensual World 9 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
It was a strange kind of purgatory in 2009 determining whether Animal Collective's superb prankster innovation on "Merriweather Post Pavilion" or the captivating flamboyant melodrama of Wild Beasts "Two Dancers" was that years best album. It was the Kendall wonders that came out on top for this reviewer with a British album that was so good that the Mercury judges should have been sectioned for locating their prize elsewhere. Now 2011 sees music fans being loaded with an embarrassment of riches with the Fleet Foxes, Low, Elbow, Josh T Pearson and PJ Harvey making superb contributions. This third from the Wild Beasts, the best British band of the past three years, cements this trend.

"Smother" is an album that is so different from its predecessor. The ostentation of "Two Dancers" is reigned in and the brazenness pulled back. Guitars are noticeable by their absence and in come elegant sweeping synths, combined with deep seductive melodies and sophisticated soundscapes. This album draws more on Talk Talk of the era of "New Grass" than it does the Smiths, which was "Two Dancers" primary source. Undoubtedly some will be completely alienated or find this a very slow burner that appears underwhelming with its lack of hedonism. Alternatively others who carefully listen will hear one of the most strikingly attractive albums produced by any rock band in recent times. At the core of this is the vocal partnership of Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming that has developed into one of music's great double acts. Thorpe's wonderfully contained falsetto reminds you on times of Anthony Hegarty but on "Smother" his performance is matched by Fleming's deeper and richer bass voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by Mrs EA Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from the Beasts
They've done it again. Three masterpieces in a row! I can only think of one band that has done that in the last 30 years, and that's my favourite band of all time (The Smiths) and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by zarkantzias stefanos
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully produced
I have come to the Wild Beasts late but the best compliment that I can give to this band is that they can justifiably lay claim to being the inheritors of The Blue Nile - sparse... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Martin Fielding
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing find
I heard this in my local indie record store when I was mooching around looking for something to catch my eye ( or rather, my ear). Read more
Published on 30 May 2012 by Caroelle
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album
Wild Beasts are my favourite band. Their songs have a lot of meaning and simply sound great. I recently saw them live and they were just as good live as on their album. Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by MonaLisaSmiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and sublime
The word that keeps popping up in every other review about Wild Beasts' "Smother" is majestic and indeed this album is exactly that : a rich , lush collection of eerie melodies... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by giovanni
4.0 out of 5 stars A stratospheric delight!
I first listened to this album on a long-haul flight. (It was either this or Mike Bubble!) I set the entertainment system to repeat and lay back and listened. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Eladjouf
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting yet slightly disappointing
I saw this group for the first time on 'Later with Jules Holland' and was interested in the 2 songs that they played and felt they were an imaginative and different type of group! Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by Pendora
5.0 out of 5 stars top five album of the year
this album is superb once you find your groove with this youll be hooked for days loop the loop bed of nails end come too soon shine for me the falsetto vocals suit which is... Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by P. M. Kielty
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistently brilliant
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Published on 9 July 2011 by S. R. Martin
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