Given to the Wild

  • Record Label: Fiction
  • Release Date: Jan 9, 2012
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  1. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    Given to the Wild is an accomplished, filler-free record that presents a band at peak condition, handily exceeding the marginal example set by similar-sounding acts.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jan 5, 2012
    80
    The songs are so delicately crafted that it never feels predictable. [Feb 2012, p.103]
  3. Jan 5, 2012
    70
    Somewhat uneasy listening in places, yet sublime in others, Given To The Wild should rid The Maccabees of those 'landfill' jibes once and for all.
  4. 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.
  5. Jan 5, 2012
    80
    It's an album that bucks a trend rather than starts one: an elegant and unexpected leave-taking from the indie landfill.
  6. Jan 5, 2012
    90
    I have seen the future of dreamy pop, and its name is The Maccabees.
  7. Jan 5, 2012
    80
    If only all bands had the guts and honesty of The Maccabees, maybe they'd get round to making third records as good as this.
  8. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Not the finished article, but as close as the (still) youthful band are likely to come at this stage.
  9. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    Given to the Wild is resolutely The Maccabees best.
  10. It's their breakthrough album and shows that with focus and confidence, the future could be pretty exciting for The Maccabees.
  11. The Maccabees have returned as a highly evolved beast more than ready to be released into the wild world.
  12. There are no standout songs but that's kind of the point: GTTW washes over you like a cooling stream on a hot day.
  13. Jan 17, 2012
    80
    If progress is their aim, then this is fine proof of how a softly-softly approach is often best.
  14. Feb 10, 2012
    90
    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.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 9, 2012
    10
    Amazing album that can be described with progress, maturity and beauty. All the tracks are great, all the band members are firing on allAmazing 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
    9
    Perfect from start to finish. Its dreamy, bold and belongs in every indie fans collection! Glimmer and Pelican stand out tracks for me. TheyPerfect 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. Jun 30, 2017
    10
    It is almost impossible to refer to The Maccabees "Given To The Wild" as anything other than a masterwork, one that surpasses countless albumsIt is almost impossible to refer to The Maccabees "Given To The Wild" as anything other than a masterwork, one that surpasses countless albums released before and after it. It's so astonishing, so sumptuous, so elegant and just so deliciously inventive that, five years after it was released, it remains as jaw-dropping to me as it was when I first investigated its otherworldly sounds. It's timeless, so underrated that it's heartbreaking, and one of the best records every made. That it never became a globally-loved classic, despite deserving to become one in every single way, easily demonstrates just how backwards, uncultured and grossly shallow modern society is. Full Review »