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A stunning breakthrough in ambition and sound for the art-rock Londoners. The vibrant spikiness that characterised The Maccabees when they emerged is largely absent here. Instead, this lush, cinematic record reflects on life’s uncertainties while planting uplifting choruses within stadium grandeur (“Ayla”) and haunted atmospherics (“Grew Up At Midnight”). On “Child” and “Feel to Follow”, the balance between intimacy, invention and stateliness catapults The Maccabees beyond their peers into their own visionary space.

Customer Reviews

Great uplifting album

This is a great album with feel good melodies and harmonies, even if some of the lyrics can be melancholy. Kind of The Bees meets MGMT.
The singles are all great, but with the added bonus of no real fillers.
With the aforementioned Bees, plus the Maccabees and Friendly Fires etc you could be forgiven for thinking the market is kinda flooded, but there is room for them all. Enjoy.

Given To The Wild.

After hearing about this album in every way possible, and also after hearing Pelican I deciced to buy the album. Fair to say for the first two months I only listened to Pelican and Feel to Follow (the singles at the time) however one afternoon I gave it more time and stuck this on in my bedroom. From the moment the electric guitar broke out halfway through Child, I knew this was something special. From then on in I found many other gems on the album, songs that I had to listen to the whole album to understand. The standout tracks for me are: Child, Ayla, Pelican, Went Away, Go and Grew Up At Midnight. People say this album is boring, it's not, just a lot of the tracks don't rush straight it like old favourites such as Lacthmere, Can You Give it ect, they build up into one big crescendo. A true masterpiece, contender for album of 2012.

Hopes crushed

This long awaited new album has trudged over my expectations. If you need to get to sleep then this will not disappoint. However, if you are hoping, as I was, that this would be a return to somewhere near the unbridled glory of Colour It In, then prepare to feel cheated out of eight pounds. Undoubtedly talented and well crafted, but incredibly tedious-over half the songs sound practically the same. Gutted.


Formed: 2004 in South London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from South London, kinetic indie rockers the Maccabees formed in 2004 around vocalist Orlando Weeks, guitarists Hugo and Felix White, bassist Rupert Jarvis, and drummer Robert Dylan Thomas. The group's first single, "X-Ray," was released on Promise Records in November of 2005, and thanks to a strong XFM-Radio showing, the Maccabees were able to garner opening spots on an Arctic Monkeys tour. Fierce Panda picked up the second single, "Latchmere," issuing it in the spring of 2006. The band's...
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