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Wall of Arms

The Maccabees Audio CD
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The Maccabees third album ‘Given To The Wild’ is the culmination of two years of writing and recording. Having followed ‘Wall of Arms’ – 2009’s critically-lauded second release – with main stage slots at Reading and Leeds Festivals, and two sell-out shows at Brixton Academy, the London five piece (singer Orlando Weeks, bassist Rupert Jarvis, ... Read more in Amazon's The Maccabees Store

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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fiction/Polydor
  • ASIN: B001TH7AB0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Love You Better (Album Version) 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. One Hand Holding (Album Version) 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Can You Give It (Album Version) 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Young Lions (Album Version) 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wall Of Arms (Album Version) 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. No Kind Words (Album Version*) 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dinosaurs (Album Version) 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kiss And Resolve (Album Version) 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. William Powers (Album Version) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Seventeen Hands (Album Version) 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bag Of Bones (Part B - Album Version) 4:410.99  Buy MP3 

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The second studio album from the London based indie rockers. Includes the single 'Love You Better'.

BBC Review

South London to Brighton migrants The Maccabees seem to have shed some of their fledgling boisterousness. Popular debut, Colour It In, represented, they say, their adolescence. Now, having moved on from the days of youthful heartbreak, their second album seems to convey that the boys may have had their edges hardened.

Much of the gentleness and subtlety has gone; one suspects that nothing from this tracklist will follow Toothpaste Kisses onto the soundtrack of a wearying advert.

Promotional download No Kind Words is ominously cold, albeit concluded by an ill-fitting pace change that screams of mismatching two average ideas where one properly conceived one would have done.

Musically the record is samey and as a result the tracks are somewhat forgettable. Vocally the overzealous dousing of breaks and choruses with monotonous group harmonies becomes a waiting game for the listener: how long until the next protracted bout of wailing?

Unusually it is the well-written lyrics that provide the majority of the rhythm. William Powers' lines, ''there's a love-fuelled lust/ and a thing called trust/ that I must not break for you'' are so gratifying and evocative that they beg to be learnt off by heart and repeated just for fun. And title track Wall of Arms poetically delivers, ''there's no God above me/ no hell below me/ no purgatory/ there's only me who can forgive me''.

Replacement drummer Sam Doyle proves his worth with some imaginative and ingenious beats, particularly boosting Can You Give It, a track which allows each instrument an individual hook of its own. Conversely, Young Lions is repetitive and too much like a sub-standard Arcade Fire tribute band, while Love You Better has some immediacy, but lacks the required energy of an opener and a single.

Popular now, but forgettable over time, The Maccabees seem destined to be another in the line of niche nostalgia bands. --Keira Burgess

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Growing pains. 28 April 2009
By Mr. Gideon D. Brody VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album 31 Dec 2009
By J. Dows
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing sounds 19 April 2010
By Stella
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A real grower 11 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 4 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Same Maccabees Magic! :) 19 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a grower. 8 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return 4 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
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.

Get this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE CRACKERBEES
Having recently bought and enjoyed the first album,"Colour It In",I looked forward to hearing "Wall Of Arms" to see if the band could follow up on an impressive debut album. Read more
Published on 13 May 2010 by Bryan R. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Great grower of an album
Took a few listens but once it hit home it was glorious. Reminds me of XTC, has a certain english charm too it. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by D. P. Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars b-e-a-utiful
I think 2009 is the year for the Maccabees. Their second offering is well thought out, wonderfully written and shows their maturity as a band. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2009 by C. Hines
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but wasn't blown away...
The first few plays really got me hooked but the more I listened, the more the songs seemed to sound the same. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2009 by Mr. Lj Haythorne
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
One of the greatest albums of all time.
Every song is an absolute classic. Unbelievable tunes. The song structures are tear- jerkingly awesome. Read more
Published on 15 May 2009 by J. Charles
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but dissapointing
As a massive Maccabees fan up to this point, I have to say i was a touch underwhelmed but this album. There are some very good songs on it, particularly Love You Better. Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by D. Anderson
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