Given to the Wild - The Maccabees

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The Maccabees have returned as a highly evolved beast more than ready to be released into the wild world.
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    Impressively diverse but united by a strain of quintessentially Maccabeean hopeless hopefulness, it's an outpouring of both technical brilliance and affective emotion that thrives in its sheer humanity.
  3. 90
    The album is beautifully structured, leading from spare and shimmery beginnings into harder, weirder and more varied territories, all those snippets and elements and personalities crafted into a shifting, subtle whole that quietly captures your attention from start to end.
  4. Jan 5, 2012
    I have seen the future of dreamy pop, and its name is The Maccabees.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 9, 2012
    Amazing album that can be described with progress, maturity and beauty. All the tracks are great, all the band members are firing on all cylinders especially Weeks whose voice is incredibly versatile for example on Unknow in which he does a high falsetto that surprises listeners. Overall 9/10 Full Review »
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    Perfect from start to finish. Its dreamy, bold and belongs in every indie fans collection! Glimmer and Pelican stand out tracks for me. They are truly amazing and i would liken this album to the Foals. Enjoy x Full Review »
  3. May 18, 2012
    Good third album from London Indie Rockers. Vocally kind of reminds of Arcade Fire but musically they are closer to a band like Editors if they hadn't ever heard of Joy Division. It's a definite grower, the more you listen the more you get from it. Went Away is the highlight of the record for me. An enjoyable album all round Full Review »