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Two Dancers [CD]

Wild Beasts Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (24 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B002C6K8E8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fun Powder Plot, The
2. Hooting And Howling
3. All The King's Men
4. When I'm Sleepy
5. We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues
6. Two Dancers
7. Two Dancers II
8. This Is Our Lot
9. Underbelly
10. Empty Nest, The

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BBC Review

Good lord, Wild Beasts are amazing. Thrillingly outside of what passes for alternative music in these final days, yet still sufficiently ankle-deep in the indie, the Kendal foursome of Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Benny Little and Chris Talbot - who first marched into pop's consciousness with last year's Limbo, Panto debut - swoop and soar in a way not seen since the time of Suede's blouse-ripping early days, with a fine line teetering between the absurd and the magic, polymorphically writhing around in a sensual fashion long abandoned by northern herberts with guitars. Oh yes.

Two Dancers is a continued leap further into genuine stardom. A concise, balanced and throbbing jewel of an album, which you'll either hate - Hayden's unique falsetto divides opinion - or make you end up throwing all your belongings into the street because they just seem all so damn pointless.

Vocals are shared between bassist Tom Fleming (who reintroduces Whitby - for the first time since Cud anyway - into song on All The King's Men) and main singer Hayden, who looks and sounds like he was kidnapped by brutes from a Home Of Exquisite Boys. With his flimsy limbs and pale loveliness he'd probably lose out if confronted with a falling leaf. His voice helps make Wild Beasts a cut above the rest. Whether dirty-angelic about booty calls and boots on opener The Fun Powder Plot, the clenched intent of Hooting And Howling or croonily effervescing on We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues or operatically going a bit Mansun on Underbelly. Stand-out of an album chock-full of them is This Is Our Lot: a potential lighters-aloft anthem that will be their end of set anthem moment for a good few years yet.

A very modern rock album with an ambitious appeal, yet unafraid to be a bit arty, Two Dancers is the sound of horny young urchins running amok through an insatiable widescreen soup of desire and wonders. Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven't twigged already, Wild Beasts are your new favourite band. --Ian Wade

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High expectations satisfied 5 Aug 2009
By S. Reid VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Wild Beasts debut Limbo,Panto was my album of last year by a country mile. It was just so refreshingly vibrant and different. As a result I had sky high hopes for this album and could so easily been disapointed. I wasnt.

This second album is just incredible. It takes everything that was good about the first album (the swooping falsetto, the mournful baritone, woven guitar textures, intricate arrangements) and overlays them onto a set of songs that are, well, out of this world both lyrically and musically.

More relaxed and considered than the more frenetic pace of parts of Limbo, Panto this album just grows with every listen. Hayden has, if anything, increased his vocal range and Tom sings lead on four tracks. The guitar is part Marr, part The Edge and always melodic and moody as required.

I can tell you now no other album will come anywhere near this in 2009. Peerless as far as I'm concerned.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing & Howling 22 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Two Dancers, follows quickly from Wild Beats' debut last year. The sign of a class act is a band that delivers on promise and believe me the promise of debut Limo Panto has been kept - with ribbons, kisses, bells, whistles and the incredible sound of a band soaring: Two Dancers.

Hayden Thorpe's falsetto is now an instrument of great emotive strength. Lyrically there seems to be a theme of excitement and despair at the possibilities at the heart of the night. How two dancers (the name of 2 tracks as well as the LP) can meet, get togther, and tear each other apart.
Tom Fleming sings 2 or 3 songs (sorry I heard it three times last night and am using my memory) one of which listed a run of provincial British towns and the girls that can be found there. Think the polar opposite to laddism though, this is Queen Is Dead territory, v late adolescence turning into adulthood, beauty and despair and music to match.

Musically Two Dancers confirms Wild Beats as the boldest band in the UK.
You might well hear it on the radio, you might well not, whatever you categorically should hear it asap.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang on 6 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
The other reviews deal with this album in a fine and verbose manner.
I'd just like to throw my virtual name into the hat saying that this album would absolutely not be a waste of your hard earned cash.
Excellent album, doing things entirely familiar but wonderfully different. Rewards good headphones.
Kendal should no longer be known purely for its mint cakes.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the wild things are (8.5/10) 26 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
On their first album `Limbo Panto' Wild Beasts got painted by some as peddlers of a contrived English eccentricity that was unfashionably arch, all barbershop harmonies and old world camp. While many were turned off by their falsetto front man Hayden Thorpe, whose gymnastic vocals always seemed to be accompanied in print with the disclaimer `deal-breaker', a militant few argued that they were the modern heirs to The Smiths. The similarities are evident, Wild Beasts sing about modern Britain - chip shops and glottal stops - with a elegiac but humourous eye, while their sound is informed by the 1980s `Brit jangle' of Morrissey and co. Very much a love it or hate it proposition, one could have been forgiven for doubting Wild Beasts' chances of longevity in Britain's faddish new music landscape. On `Two Dancers', however, they will surely silence the doubters, having smoothed down some of the rougher edges without sacrificing their oddball spirit. The falsetto is still there; tempered perhaps, but as much by tighter song structures than a reigning-in of their musical personality.

For listeners braced for pantomime histrionics, the album begins in quite low-key fashion. The jangling guitars and synth washes on the gently propulsive `The Fun Powder Plot' and `Hooting and Howling' recall New Order, although the vocals on the latter have the more fragile register of Antony Hegarty. Neither title quite prepares for the lush, elegant and expansive pop within, which in turn belies the wackier lyrics. "This is a booty call ... my boot, my boot your arsehole!` coos Thorpe on the ridiculously monikered opener - a song that is more malice than mockery. Likewise, `Hooting and Howling' seems to bemoan thuggish behaviour with a Morrissey-esque, outsider melancholy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richer Than Kendal Mint Cake 16 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Just when you thought indie music had nowhere to go along comes an avant garde band from Kendal to kick new life into the genre. The music is imaginative with some excellent guitar work, especially on We Still Got the Taste Dancing on Our Tongues, which along with All the King's Men and Hooting & Howling mark the stand out tracks on the album, or at least the ones that are the most obvious singles. The catchiest ones if you like. But the lesser known tracks such as The Fun Powder Plot, This Is Our Lot and Empty Nest are also worth visiting again and again for their musical complexity and imagination.

The lyrics are ploughing the same social commentary furrow as the early Arctic Monkeys but with makes them stand out is the way they are delivered by lead singer Hayden Thorpe. His soaring falsetto is a thing of beauty and makes a nice change from the laddish sneer of Alex Turner. Secondary singer Tom Fleming also provides vocals on a few tracks (most notably All The King's Men) and his rich grounded baritone makes a nice contrast to Hayden's vocal flights.

The way the music is arranged in each song perfectly complements Hayden's amazing voice - never overwhelming it (could that be possible?)

The album concentrates on young trouble makers trapped in the smothering desperation of small town life, the joyless mating game, the bragging male who views women as birthing machines and dads without their kids. That doesn't sound like a barrel of laughs (and there isn't much if any humour in the songs I'll admit) but Hayden's and Tom's ghostly voices makes them unforgettable and haunting.

Equally elegant (the voice, the music) and ugly (the subject matter of their lyrics) as the say in Hooting and Howling just about sums this album up perfectly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Dancers will get you dancing, but also impress you with their...
Great album - Great band - buy this and Smother and Present Tense and listen to them all
especially if you have a taste for such acts as Anthony and The Johnsons or Muse -... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Musicismysanctuary
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Band
Have got into Wild Breasts lately, wasn't sure at first but really like the way the vocals by the two singers complement each other. Read more
Published 4 months ago by zarf
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
There isn't much more to say, I think this album is perfect. I especially like "Hooting and Howling". If you ever get a chance to see them live, do! Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by MonaLisaSmiles
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely
This was recommended by friends. I'm enjoying it - as long as you like that falsetto sort of voice you'll probably take to this. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by A Viewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
Wild beasts are such a great band and this album is testimony to that. Excellent live too. They deserve great things.
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Ailybob
5.0 out of 5 stars What took me so long?
A bought the album in preparation for their appearance at a festival. Some impressive youtube vids led me to want to hear more and i wasn't dissapointed. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2010 by Somerset Simmo
5.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery
Lyrically, vocally, musically I found this album very interesting, it has a great balance of moody and poppy tracks, really enjoyed the whole album which must be good. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2010 by F. Lund
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild
I heard Wild Beasts on Jools Holland so bought this cd its been on my ipod ever since really worth buying
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by Mr. J. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2010
After a month of frequent play I'm still listening to this album, making it my favourite of 2010.

Lyrics are dark yet playful and the album has a very consistent flow. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2010 by Mr. Jp Greenall
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, darling
This is the album that should have won the Mercury Prize. Not just swooping falsettos, manly baritones and frankly bonkers lyrics, but the Wild Beasts also have a knack for... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by otterley
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