Limbo, Panto

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Nov 4, 2008
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Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

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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.
  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.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. As such, Limbo, Panto is shocking, funny, and above all irrevocable. Expect this lot to be around for the long haul.