Given to the Wild - The Maccabees
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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24

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  1. May 18, 2012
    8
    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
  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. They are truly amazing and i would liken this album to the Foals. Enjoy x
  3. 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 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
  4. Mar 21, 2012
    10
    If you're a fan of their previous jaunty material, turn away - the Maccabees have been listening to Arcade Fire, Foals and Wild Beasts to deliver what must be one of the best albums of the year. Frequently, songs tick along and build up to climactic crescendos, releasing energy and vibrancy that will make you wish they carried on for longer than they actually do. There's a new found maturity here, as well as an epic production and dancefloor undertones that make this an ideal cousin to Foals' Total Life Forever. Highly recommended and one of the surprise comebacks of 2012! Expand
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  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. Feb 13, 2012
    40
    The personalities on this album are so blank the songs may as well be performed by apps, and sung by Siri.
  3. 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.