Two Dancers - Wild Beasts
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Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

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  • Summary: The second album for the quartet was produced with Richard Formby.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Wild Beasts have undergone a sea change, and this beautiful album is a treasure that deserves plundering.
  2. Two Dancers is a striking, dynamic album, and will deservedly land on many year-end lists.
  3. Two Dancers, then, doesn't so much follow up their debut as announce Wild Beasts as one of our genuinely special bands, one that can compete--in terms of both musical and lyrical ingenuity as well as sheer pop nous--with any US act you've seen talked up in the music press this year.
  4. The eccentricities are still present, the quirks still correct, but everything has been shepherded into a more cohesive, frequently more melancholy, totality.
  5. With Two Dancers, the Wild Beasts move from fascinating to accomplished, and that they did so just over a year after releasing "Limbo, Panto" makes that achievement all the more impressive.
  6. The heart of Two Dancers lies in these seemingly jarring juxtapositions. The individual ingredients may be a decidedly mixed bag, but the final product is both coherent and very satisfying.
  7. It's a strange state of affairs, a band that really come into their own when they background their greatest asset. But there's a lesson in there: sometimes, less is more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 17, 2012
    10
    This album is fantastic in every way. I vaguely remember not caring much for it the first couple times, but then one song stuck out to me: FunThis album is fantastic in every way. I vaguely remember not caring much for it the first couple times, but then one song stuck out to me: Fun Powder Plot. As I listened to that track, more and more tracks began to stick out, until at last I was singing along to the entire album over and over and over. It's erotic, but not romantic or contrived. It's moody, but not immature or sophomoric. The lyrics are incredibly poetic, taking cues from all kinds of classic literature (although following album is more obvious about its inspirations).
    One of my favorite albums ever; I cannot recommend it enough.
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  2. Oct 21, 2010
    10
    The most brilliant, British masterpiece. The Wild Beasts are exceptional on this record. Their music is blindingly atmospheric and at timesThe most brilliant, British masterpiece. The Wild Beasts are exceptional on this record. Their music is blindingly atmospheric and at times eerie, yet equally it is primal and powerful with the growl of a beast rumbling in its underbelly. Not only this but their lyrical prowess is on full form. Put this album on, loud and loose yourself in the milky light of the mighty moon. Expand
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    10
    My God, Wild Beasts, what have you done? You've just created something you can never beat, some masterpiece that you will never recover from!My God, Wild Beasts, what have you done? You've just created something you can never beat, some masterpiece that you will never recover from!
    In the meantime, we can listen to it, to its beautifully crafted songs, to its wonderful lyrics, and its dangerous melodies. An album to listen when it rains, when it's sunny and when you're drunk and nobody will sleep with you.
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  4. LeahT.
    Sep 10, 2009
    9
    What at first might sound like a mildly irritating voice grows like a wonderful cankersore on your lips and forces you to sing along. Must What at first might sound like a mildly irritating voice grows like a wonderful cankersore on your lips and forces you to sing along. Must hear: Hooting and Howling, All the King's Men, This is Our Lot. Wonderful and unique. Expand
  5. NickA
    Oct 10, 2009
    9
    A mix of textbook indie, falsetto vocals, and a bucketful of cracking songwriting, Wild Beasts have achieved a rare breed. Something not only A mix of textbook indie, falsetto vocals, and a bucketful of cracking songwriting, Wild Beasts have achieved a rare breed. Something not only intelligent, but also beautiful. Expand
  6. MR
    Oct 1, 2009
    9
    This album is a HUGE grower. Give it a handful of listens and it'll work it's way to the top of your playlist. One of the top This album is a HUGE grower. Give it a handful of listens and it'll work it's way to the top of your playlist. One of the top albums of 2009, without a doubt. Expand
  7. JamesL.
    Sep 10, 2009
    7
    The first album wasn't too great in my opinion, with the except of Devil's Crayon - an excellent song. This album is allround The first album wasn't too great in my opinion, with the except of Devil's Crayon - an excellent song. This album is allround better but has no standout song. A good listening experience but nothing spectacular. Expand

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