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Editors’ Notes

The album begins with an ‘80s new wave-disco strut, the synths warming the streets for singer Hayden Thorpe, who, once unleashed, sings in a falsetto that swoops to a baritone and says the naughtiest things that come to mind. There’s a touch of German cabaret amongst the robotic rhythms and tight synthetic squeezes. Thorpe is — surprise, surprise — a drag queen. Two Dancers, the follow-up to the abrasive and challenging debut album, Limbo, Panto, tries to make its peace with the past, finding softer textures to bind these engrossing visions and dreams. Think a more muscular and defined version of Antony & The Johnsons. “Hooting & Howling” sounds like Interpol drop by for the choruses while Brian Eno’s ambient slides navigate the verses. “All the King’s Men” spends a night on the town rolling and tumbling with the ghosts of ‘70’s Roxy Music and David Bowie in tow. The title track in two parts sounds like it’s taken a cruise ship into spooked waters. Lush and imaginative, dark and danceable, Wild Beasts craft a world all their own.

Customer Reviews

one of a kind

ok, the wild beasts are a great band, but this record transcends their greatness! This is one of those albums that artists produce maybe once every decade, an album that as a whole is tantamount to the great accomplishments humans have achieved. The crisis, sadly, is that it will be very difficult to match the aesthetics of this wonderful album, even if your the wild beasts. In short, I highly recommend the album.

no sophmore slump

more subtle than limbo, panto. i miss the over-the-top theatrics of songs like brave, bulging, buoyant, clairvoyants- still, two dancers grew on me. i think wild beasts have a bright future ahead of them and i can't wait to see what they do next.

All the Kings men listened to this album again and again.

this is mind blowing.

Biography

Formed: Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

England's Wild Beasts were founded as a duo in 2002 by Hayden Thorpe (guitar, vocals) and Ben Little (guitar). Originally called Fauve, the group was joined by drummer Chris Talbot in 2004 and changed its name to Wild Beasts. After recording a self-titled EP, Tom Flemming was recruited as Wild Beasts' bassist and the band relocated to Leeds, where its energetic sound and Thorpe's theatrical falsetto earned the group a dedicated local following. Wild Beasts released a number of singles on Bad Sneakers...
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