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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: 41,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Can You Give It (Album Version) 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. No Kind Words (Album Version*) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. Bag Of Bones (Part B - Album Version) 4:41£0.99  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 By Mr. Gideon D. Brody VINE VOICE on 28 April 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Evans on 4 Jan. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Rogers on 8 Jun. 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Dows on 31 Dec. 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stella on 19 April 2010
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Milton VINE VOICE on 5 May 2009
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Wall of Arms' could be a crafty little metaphor to describe the grand, teenage crowds that turn out every night to one of The Maccabees' shows. Be this premonition true or not, the band are riding on a wave of youthful energy, completely buzzing. So it seems like an inappropriate time to stop, even if indie music as a genre is on its last legs. And anyway, The Maccabees were always a little bit more than a pigeonholed indie band from Brighton/London. Ultimately, now is not the time to grow up, to release that career-defining album. Orlando Weeks may have been worshipping The National and calming down a little with baths and scented candles, but he's still fully aware that there's still some momentum to use up.

The signature high-pitched riffs, pumped up energy as well as Weeks' intelligent lyrics all remain, carried over from `Colour It In' and recycled into `Wall Of Arms', an album with better production and a whole lot more awareness of its intentions. The success of `Toothpaste Kisses' seems to have led The Maccabees onto a winning formula of sounding ever so slightly sweet and heartfelt, more so with each song they write. But quite cleverly, they manage to switch between song structures, reciprocating a twee love song into a full-blown, shout-out-loud anthem in a matter of seconds (see `Seventeen Hands' as a prime example).

It may go completely unnoticed but deep down, `Wall Of Arms' comes across as one of the most carefully crafted albums to be released for some time. For its genre in particular, think `Favourite Worst Nightmare' with its refined but anthemic approach to songwriting and recording.
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