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Reviewed on 12th January 2012.


Given to the Wild

By The Maccabees

The increasing popularity of The Maccabees has nothing to do with luck or being in the right place at the right time. But the steady build of a band that now, five years on from their debut Colour It In, are ready to become massive. The previous two albums have been fantastic pieces of indie anthemdom, giving discos everywhere the likes of 'About Your Dress' and 'I Will Love You Better' however the new album Given to The Wild has embraced an uplifting cinematic new sound that at some points borders on orchestral.

The intro gently eases you in with spidery riffs and airy vocals to lead you straight into the first track proper 'Child' which is instantly recognisable as The Maccabees but at the same time provides an excellent example of the departure from the expected and their resultant improvement. One of the constant attractions to the band is in the emotionally enigmatic frontman Orlando Weeks, who forever manages to inject passion and power to the lyrics he sings. 'Pelican' comes on at a far more uplifting pace and is vintage indie-pop of the very best calibre and should be immovable from the airwaves over the coming weeks. 'Unknow' demonstrates the tightness of the band with a driving drumbeat, and pulsating and urgent bass and guitar carrying Orlando's ghostly voice over the top to another beautiful crescendo.

The transcendental beauty of 'Slowly One' is breath-taking and has all the elements for a real moment if it can be carried to the live arena as well as it comes across on record. The album standout though is 'We Grew Up At Midnight' a reminiscing lament to times gone by that deserves to be bellowed from stadiums and is already easily imaginable as the festival set closer. The swooping chorus of 'we grew up at midnight, we were only kissing' reaches the desired aim of Wonderwall-esque epic.

This is easily the best release so far this year and will undoubtedly shine out over the coming weeks and months as one of the most impressive albums from a band that are following a clear trajectory to the top. The boys from London have done it again, but this time they're set to steal everyone's hearts, and long may they keep them!



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