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  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Fiction
  • ASIN: B0033WLG8M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love You Better
  2. One Hand Holding
  3. Can You Give It
  4. Young Lions
  5. Wall Of Arms
  6. Dinosaurs
  7. Kiss And Resolve
  8. William Powers
  9. Seventeen Hands
  10. Bag Of Bones
  11. Empty Vessels - The Maccabees, Roots Manuva
  12. Hearts That Strangle
  13. Accordion Song
  14. Sleep Tonight
  15. I Drove All Night

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Format: Audio CD
Whether its maturity of even a sign of the times, the Maccabees are in a bit of a mood. But then everyone's in a mood, which is exactly why Wall Of Arms was never going to be Colour It In mark II. The band has experienced internal strife and you only need to pay vague attention to the album's lyrical content to know that things haven't been plain sailing in other aspects of life either. In other words, they're growing up and times are hard. Times are hard for human beings everywhere, of course, but they are especially hard for an indie-rock band tentatively offering its tough second album to an industry that can't decide whether it's dying, resurrecting or being born anew. While the Maccabees aren't showing any signs of decay, their new release is reflective of a band unsure whether it should stick or twist. Growing pains have never been so painful.

Wall Of Arms can be likened to Colour It In's older, more world-weary brother. Although the adrenaline buzz and doe-eyed romanticism of the first album hasn't been totally discarded, it certainly has been tamed. No longer fresh-faced, the band are to be found ruminating on what the hell just happened, leaving Wall of Arms feeling like some kind of Colour It In aftermath. While the Maccabees aren't depressed or out of love, neither are they looking forward. They have clearly spent a lot of time thinking, walking fine lines between emotional extremes. For the listener, the corrolory is an album profuse with tension and feelings of insecurity. The album's superb opener, Love You Better is representative of the album. Built on a lover's vow, the song takes you into the heart of a faltering relationship and the complexities that lie within it - quite a leap from two-minute ditties about toothpaste-flavoured kisses.
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The Maccabees have got to be one of the most underrated bands of all time, literally. I bought both of their albums after having seen them at a festival over the summer, and for the prices of both of their albums i thought why not? It was the biggest bargain ever! I'm so glad I bought the albums! There's something for everyone on each album, the songs vary and none of them sounds 'samey' like some bands, there's so much variety from song to song, from jittery up-tempo beats to slower, softer ones.

If you're into indie music this is certainly for you, and even if you're not, give it a try because they are truly fantastic!

This particular album for me is the best of the two, it's more matured and defined, but both are amazing and definitely worth having in your music collection! Watch this space, they're the next big thing!
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I was so excited for this album to be released, as 'Colour it in' was such a brilliant album. The first couple of times i listened to this album all the way through, i wasn't that taken with it...

Usually if something doesn't grab me straight away i don't tend to really bother with it again, but being such a big fan of The Maccabees i gave it another chance...best decision i've made in a long time.
All of the tracks are equally amazing. They all flow so well into each other, and it's actually really difficult to pick out the best track.
The whole album sounds so much more grown up than 'colour it in', but still has that element of fun and that distinct maccabees sound. One of the best albums of the year so far!

So for anyone who wasn't that taken by this album after a couple of listens; persevere !
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Caught this band on TV at Reading earlier this year and bought the album on the strength of seeing them play one number "love you better" - so pleased I bought this, the album is absolutely brilliant with not a weak track or filler on it.
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'Love You Better' was the track that first brought my attention to The Maccabees and is coincidentally, the opening track. The tracks that followed still kept me listening though. Orlando's ability to capture you with his somewhat emotional vocals prove to work well throughout and the diversity embedded within the more mellowed down tracks of No Kind Words and Bag of Bones, demonstrate the range of ability within this album. To me, this album does NOT fall into the one track album category, as more of their capability is shown throughout. It's a recommended buy for sure!
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The second album for a band with a lot of ideas. At first listen you'd be forgiven for thinking they had lost their touch with a catchy song. However, this album gives a lot more than the debut album did. It offers the listener a chance to delve into the mind of the band and they have created an album that verges of greatness in parts.

Songs such as ;No Kind Words, Lover You Better, Bag of Bones, One Hand Holding and Young Lions are terriffic and are worthy of a download alone.

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If you loved the first album you'll love this one... took a few listens to fall in love with this, just the same as colour it in but thoroughly recomend as this hasnt been out of my cd player in quite a while! The title track (No. 5) is defo worth a listen to see if you'll enjoy the album before buying!
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Was unsure at first but this album gets better with every listen - some really crisp '80's' guitar rifts that enhance every song. Vocals are quite monotone and understated that people will either love or hate but I recommend playing a few times before making a judgment.
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