Present Tense - Wild Beasts
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Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the British four-piece was co-produced by Lexxx and Leo Abrahams.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Feb 21, 2014
    100
    Their most complete record by a serious stretch, it's a work that laughs, cries, detests, adores and above anything else inspires.
  2. Feb 18, 2014
    90
    It is an album by a band at the very peak of their powers--one that will make you want to throw your hands up and surrender to its magnificent beauty.
  3. Mar 7, 2014
    90
    The way Wild Beasts can’t seem to play a bum note or place a single syllable in the wrong verse, makes Present Tense one of the most quietly exhilarating albums in recent memory, and all the more so for using its evocative power to unsettle and seduce in equal measure.
  4. Feb 14, 2014
    80
    The work of a richly creative entity still in the ascendant, those with a mind to will drink deep. [Mar 2014, p.116]
  5. Feb 24, 2014
    80
    Present Tense isn't as flawless as Smother; it's slightly top-loaded, and occasionally the spare instrumentation borders on monotonous. Still, it's a compelling album that shows Wild Beasts can build on their breakthrough in satisfying and challenging ways.
  6. Feb 21, 2014
    80
    He's probably too modest to just come out and say that Present Tense is where beauty lies, but he should; this fourth Wild Beasts album is a stunner.
  7. 60
    “Wanderlust” establishes the overall thematic impulse to live culturally beyond one’s means, but in practice this can lead to the preference for smarts over suitability that spoils a track like “A Dog’s Life”. But there are moments of greatness here and there.

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  1. Feb 25, 2014
    10
    This is almost perfect! I thought it was impossible to make something better than "Smother" (Their previous one) but I) was wrong. This albumThis is almost perfect! I thought it was impossible to make something better than "Smother" (Their previous one) but I) was wrong. This album means a very possitive evolution.

    Will they make anything better for the 5th album? Now the top is high so it's difficult to say!
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  2. Mar 7, 2014
    9
    Very interesting indie rock music, accompanied by great lyrics and calming vocals. My favorite tracks are: Mecca, Daughters, A SimpleVery interesting indie rock music, accompanied by great lyrics and calming vocals. My favorite tracks are: Mecca, Daughters, A Simple Beautiful Truth, A Dog's Life, Past Perfect, and Palace. Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    9
    The moods that Present Tense gives off are not as delightful as the pop structure in which they are presented. Speaking in terms of sensation,The moods that Present Tense gives off are not as delightful as the pop structure in which they are presented. Speaking in terms of sensation, and what it means to be, are what songs like Wanderlust spew. The words "feel" are one of the most often used words through out the album, which gets sort of obnoxious once you begin to notice its repetition. That said, repetition in this case does not equal over use, because each time the word it is spoken, it is in a new context.
    Wild Beasts have two lead singers, and knows exactly how to use them. Although contrast is more prominent between tracks than within them, it is still evident in the hook of Nature Boy, the way the "Feel the things you'll never feel," are sung can only be described as chilling. The sincerity of his baritone vibratos like a tennis ball in your ear. Vocal contrast is another thing, because it seems when switched back to the more tenor voice, the instruments backing him up move with him. This is not a make or break point of the album, but something that could be missing.
    There is a lot more I could say about this album, but I'm very lazy.
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  4. Mar 12, 2014
    9
    Present Tense is excellence, a brilliant record with complex lyrics, cleaner and stronger vocals and of course beautiful music, it's one ofPresent Tense is excellence, a brilliant record with complex lyrics, cleaner and stronger vocals and of course beautiful music, it's one of the best albums of this astounding year. Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2014
    9
    No matter what your taste may be, you simply can't dislike this album. Wild Beasts have craftily manipulated sound, time, and rhythm to createNo matter what your taste may be, you simply can't dislike this album. Wild Beasts have craftily manipulated sound, time, and rhythm to create the musical equivalent of a Picasso. Present Tense retains the band's signature pensive, occasionally brooding atmosphere, but distinguishes itself from predecessor Smother by overtly emphasizing the emotional drama the record's operatic vocals and longing chords consistently generate. Wild Beasts profess their creative and musical maturity not only through the album's superlative rhythms and lyrics and heightened sense of spatial and self awareness, but also by successfully replicating the organic textures and impressions that made their previous albums such a revelation to listen to. Such inclusions as the trembling and wobbly synthetic instrumentals in "Wanderlust," the dynamic yet humble drumbeats in "A Dog's Life," and the inspiringly emotive vocals in "Sweet Spot," make Present Tense arguably the band's most accessibly organic and expressive album yet.

    FINAL SCORE: 92.5 (almost perfect -----o--------------- perfect)
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  6. Apr 24, 2014
    9
    I know it might be a little premature, but this may be one of the best albums of the year down the line. Although the band changes their styleI know it might be a little premature, but this may be one of the best albums of the year down the line. Although the band changes their style up pretty drastically, with a lot of electronic elements, they still remain the same at the core. Every track is pretty solid for the most part. Only real let down is Nature Boy for me. Overall, the record is a bit more minimal than the previous LP, while guitar and synth melodies seem to be most prominent here. Lots of reverb as well, on the drums and guitar mainly, which gives it a real 80's sound. Pretty haunting vocal melodies as well. Expand
  7. Mar 23, 2014
    8
    Wow. An 8 out of 10. Out of this writing, it's the lowest review of this album. I have consistently come back to it ever since I downloadedWow. An 8 out of 10. Out of this writing, it's the lowest review of this album. I have consistently come back to it ever since I downloaded it, and am willing to just let it run through the entire thing because it is so solid throughout. Listening to it speeds up time for me, as the lead singer has a particularly engrossing voice. Expand

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