Wall Of Arms - The Maccabees
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  • Summary: The second album for the British indie-rock quintet was produced by Markus Dravs.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Wall Of Arms is an expansive, confident second album that takes The Maccabees from indie also-rans to genuine contenders.
  2. Maccabees have not just merely avoided a sophomore goring with Wall Of Arms' bar-raising pop. They have got the crowd firmly back on their side in doing so.
  3. Wall of Arms is an album that will give more the more time you give it. It’s expansive without being overblown, meticulous without being tedious, and hints at even greater things come album three.
  4. Wall Of Arms sounds mostly effortless and unstudied.
  5. Really, what you’re left with is an accomplished album, delivered with passion and feeling, that’s easy to acknowledge as pretty good--to admire, even--but hard to be seriously moved by.
  6. 60
    Singer Orlando Weeks' new themes of intimacy and dependence, add emotional scope to a band blossoming from their spindly beginnings into a meaty prospect capable of doing goth XTC, jolly Joy Divisiion, and sword-dancing Strokes. [Jun 2009, p.92]
  7. Each track in its own right has nothing inherently wrong with it, but put eleven of them together and it’s all a little one-dimensional.

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  1. Aug 5, 2013
    While some of these songs are not as youthfully energetic as Colour It In, there are some fantastic tracks that show a different side of The Maccabees. Out of the songs that strive to be raging rock like Colour, Can You Give It triumphs. With thumping, fuzzy bass, and screaming guitars this song dances between sweet soft verses and rolling choruses. No Kind Words is by far the darkest track The Maccabees have ever done. You can almost feel emptiness in the track with such bare-bones instrumentation until the song descends into dual, crazed guitar lines. The ending track Bag of Bones pt. B may be the greatest song the Maccs have ever done. Stylistically it is nothing like the rest of the tracks on the album, but it accomplishes what a closing song on an album should do. The slow pace this song rolls over, and with interesting guitar work creates a dreamy swirly vibe, and it is something The Maccabees do remarkably well. Expand

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