Limbo, Panto

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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. 80
    Not to be taken lightly, dramatic tone and lyrical silliness obscure a sinister impulse throbbing within the album, spitting delightfully mysterious candy machines baubles onto your eager palm. [Nov/Dec 2008, p.87]
  4. It exists in its own eccentric, unique universe, and that is the best thing that any debut album can do.
  5. As a whole, Limbo, Panto’s uniqueness translates to something remarkably special and substantial rather than mere luster.
  6. There's every sense that Wild Beasts are happy embracing their own ridiculousness and there's enough cheeky humour here, "chocs away!" shagging scenarios and references to old boys and institutions to suggest that whilst there's serious musical craft at foot, the whole lark's just a jolly good old wheeze and "Limbo, Panto" is all the more fun for it.
  7. Wild Beasts have an art rock sensibility for sure, but these songs read like deranged fairy tales of clamoring male maturity. [Fall 2008, p.85]

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  1. Rob.
    Nov 6, 2008
    10
    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 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
    10
    A debut LP which has songs like His Grinning Skull and Woebegone Wanderers cannot be anything but extremely special. Beautiful record. If theA 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