Limbo, Panto - Wild Beasts
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  • Summary: The debut album for the indie rock quartet from Leeds.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
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  1. Truly, Wild Beasts are those rarest of animals; true, untamed originals.
  2. Underneath these filmy and seductive layers is not a band in limbo. This may be Wild Beasts' first album, but they've got a fully developed aesthetic, one that is thematically and vocally alien, but sonically, pop and conventional.
  3. Wild Beasts’ debut takes masterstrokes in its stride, as considered and calculated in its polyrhythmic textures and it is breathtakingly fresh in its approach.
  4. As such, Limbo, Panto is shocking, funny, and above all irrevocable. Expect this lot to be around for the long haul.
  5. This is a brave and hugely ambitious record, projecting far beyond the limits of most bands in their early twenties today.
  6. In its own way, the Wild Beasts' volatile flamboyance is more difficult to embrace than an overtly dissonant experimental band's music, but that's just another way that this group sets itself apart from the rest of the pack--and there's something very liberating about that, even if it's baffling at times.
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    of whether the dance-punk grooves and elusive, histrionic hooks resonate, Thorpe has a point he's determined to make: Even the most sensitive fop can be a hormonal horndog.

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  1. Rob.
    Nov 6, 2008
    A truly spectacular debut. Really haunting, extremely funny and so stylish. Just look at the song titles and you'll know you be in for one of the best albums of the year. Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2010
    A debut LP which has songs like His Grinning Skull and Woebegone Wanderers cannot be anything but extremely special. Beautiful record. If the songwriting wasn't enough, the lyrics are remarkably ornate and engaging, and somehow never pretentious or uppity. Worth getting into. Expand