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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 25 February 2018
One of my favourite albums from the 80's. Still listen to it on a regular basis. Better than Kilimanjaro, which has some great tunes on it, but this is solid throughout.
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on 19 June 2017
Very good thanks.
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on 4 January 2017
an old favourite that was missing from my collection
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on 1 April 2014
Its Julian Cope! What more can i say, one of the greatest and underrated songwriters of his generation, nuff said
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on 13 September 2015
Good album, not as consistent as Kilimanjiro but with a few belting tracks
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on 13 June 2015
fab
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on 7 January 2015
cd as described, thanks.
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on 20 May 2017
It's easier to split 'Wilder' into it's original Side 1/2 format. Side 1 (Tracks 1 - 6) is pretty much nothing, with only 'Falling Down Around Me' bucking the trend. While the darker Side 2 (7 - 11) is roundly excellent. 'Tiny Children' and 'When the Fighting Takes Over' being (along with 'Treason' and the original Zoo 'Sleeping Gas') the best things Cope's ever done.

Though 'Wilder' is just as hit-and-miss as the Teardrops' debut, you can see signs that Cope was attempting to redress 'Kilimanjaro's shortcomings in an overt way - the blustery pointlessness of 'Reward' counteracted by the urgent 'Passionate Friend' being an obvious example. It's better in some ways; freer, more confident, but there's no shaking the reality that, once again, we have an album with 4 or 5 great songs, cotton-wooled in by an equal amount of filler.

Let's not have any misunderstanding, both albums are worth hearing. Compared to some of their peers ~ the horrible Psychedelic Furs, for example ~ the Teardrops were a genuinely forward-thinking turn, and the records reflect this. Moulded by revelatory weird 60's cuban-heels like Herman's Hermits, and students-let-loose, after-punk pulpiteering, they're the ultimate enlightened person's alt-pop group.

This 'Wilder' has a bundle of extra tracks, but unusually, they're made up of more good than bad. 'East Of The Equator' is a pleasing - if overlong - instrumental; 'Rachel Built A Steamboat' is another good one, framed around a distorted military march; and 'Soft Enough For You's lilting tremors excellently parody familiar Cope themes of self-pity and confusion.
If you replaced 'Bent Out Of Shape' and 'Pure Joy' with the likes of 'You Disappear From View' and the doggedly brilliant 'Suffocate', 'Wilder' would be truly memorable, with a solid core of rare rock greatness.
The terrible 'Colours Fly Away' just needs booting.

Cope's tragedy, of course, is that two years on from 'Wilder', he, along with muckers McCulloch, Wylie, McNab et al, were all ridiculous messes. Gone from trendy young sliders quoting their mums and Kerouac while leaping around Probe/Eric's in long macs and combination Bowie/Ferry haircuts, to painfully pathetic liggers and hangers-on. Sweatily striving for the return of the initial spark, but like the rest of us, knowing deep down it never would.
Cope will always be interesting and a good guy to follow, but he never hit the heights of 'Passionate Friend' or 'And The Fighting ..' again.
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VINE VOICEon 7 November 2008
From the egocentrically weird mind of JULIAN COPE - a man who might have been locked up for the duration in less enlightened times - WILDER has his unique personality stamped all over it like the words through a stick of rock. Part pop, part psychedelia and arguably part cry for help, some of the songs here occasionally struggle under the weight of his intense delivery and vision, but who can deny the brilliantly crafted BENT OF OUT SHAPE, COLOURS FLY AWAY, PASSIONATE FRIEND and THE GREAT DOMINIONS?

Although there's nothing quite as immediate as KILIMANJARO's REWARD or TREASON to get the pulses racing, WILDER - complete with 9 bonus tracks and nearly double the length of the original vinyl LP - is certainly worth getting your teeth into. And to give Jules his due, he did go on to write the sublimely gaga SUNSPOTS and TRAMPOLINE.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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on 10 November 2002
For some reason I 'got into' both the Teardrops & the Bunnymen in 1989- autumn nights were spent smoking outdoors and listening to either Crocodiles or Kilimanjaro on my walkman. Wilder I was not so enamoured with, though bizarrely the 1st Cope album I heard was Fried. With the passage of time, it has become apparent that Wilder is far greater than the debut- which granted had been packed with classics like Treason, Reward, Sleeping Gas & When I dream- but had a few duds on like Brave Boys... & Went Crazy.
This reissue gives both covers to seperate issues of Wilder and along with some lovely remastering includes the rare Buff Manilla mini-lp- which had tracks that would turn up on the Tiny Children & You Disappear from View singles (and in a slightly different form on 1990's Everybody Wants to Shag the Teardrop Explodes collection).
Every Wilder track does it for me, some more than most being Bent Out of Shape, The Culture Bunker ("waitin for The Crucial Three"), Like Leila Khaled Said & The Great Dominions. Top production by Clive Langer and Copey was on great form as a songwriter- despite the chemical incendaries et al apparent if you read his Head On memoir. And it's safe to say that Passionate Friend is one of the greatest pop songs ever- despite its odd structure; must admit I was shocked Cope wasn't nominated for this Great Britons thing- as great a British/English songwriter as Morrissey/Marr, Andy Partridge, Ray Davies, Madness etc...
The bonus tracks are nice- even if the Pete Wylie influenced Christ Vs Warhol referred to in the liner notes is absent. I think Rachel Built a Steamboat is a little dull, though this is probably just a David Balfe grievance in disguise (have you read Head On?Pass me the bucket of sewage...Though this is probably just a Blur thing in disguise. Or Diesel Park West. Or Jesus Jones...)
You Disappear from View was a top single that should have turned up on Island's Floored Genius compilation- though it is the b-side Suffocate that stands out. Oh, and the gorgeous Soft Enough for You is one of those ultimate love songs like Dennis Wilson's Cuddle Up or American Music Club's Western Sky that no one knows...
Wilder is the first great Cope album- and would be followed by other classics like World Shut Your Mouth, Fried, Skellington, Peggy Suicide & Jehovahkill. And as bands like The Coral sound very Teardrops on the likes of Goodbye, it is quite apparent this is timeless stuff like The Beatles that transcends the era.
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