• Record Label: Mercury
  • Release Date: Sep 22, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    Shoniwa is both impulsive and precise: Every string-swept disco flourish or arena-rock guitar break heightens an unflappable poise that bypasses rote R&B melisma for soul-shaking celebration.
  2. If not quite the cohesive, brilliant whole it should be, Wild Young Hearts is an impressive sum of beautifully executed parts.
  3. It's an LP wrought for enjoyment, and whichever peers it name-checks, whichever influences it acknowledges, it meets its remit with flair.
  4. Q Magazine
    The Noisettes have done a stylistic handbrake turn for the follow-up, and come up with an intoxicating blend of pop, soul and disco. [May 2009, p.116]
  5. They retain their idiosyncrasies and their sense of history, and it’s these things that give this record an identity of its own, and make the Noisettes so very easy to love.
  6. Noisettes do two things exceedingly well: modernized girl-group soul and surging pop-rock, both of which are confidently and expertly handled on Wild Young Hearts, a very good album that falls just short of powerhouse status.
  7. The songs on Wild Young Hearts are well written, and the band is tight. They put me in the mind of Earl Greyhound, those three-piece sets that really work.
  8. 80
    Noisettes have stepped outside their comfort zone and into new musical territory. As a result, they have produced an album that accurately reflects their energy and personality.
  9. It's not a masterpiece, not a groundbreaker, but it's going to be somebody's favorite.
  10. No one's perfect, I guess, especially when they're trying to go from one-note to every note in the space of a single record. Sadly, though, that means that the dancier stuff, though I want to like it so much, is Wild's main casualty.
  11. Frontwoman Shingai Shoniwa scales back her Billie Holiday persona but is no less a dominant presence, showing herself to be equally adept at giddy twee (“Wild Young Hearts”) and crackling synth-pop (“Saturday”) as she is girl group sing-alongs .
  12. 62
    The trio establishes catchy lyrics and feet-tapping rhythms, but the words are plain and the beats sound too familiar to reach dance ecstasy.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 8 out of 35
  1. Aug 25, 2010
    This album is a masterpiece. Do I really need to say much more? The pinnacle of great Indie-Rock, tied in with the deep, emotional andThis album is a masterpiece. Do I really need to say much more? The pinnacle of great Indie-Rock, tied in with the deep, emotional and figurative style of "Atticus" and "Sometimes", this album offers everything. Every song, a likeable and catchy tune with the constant feeling of an album that has been made with genius, mastery and professionalism. It is rare that an album comes along with which every song is brilliant; this is one of those rare examples, and should be one of the albums on your Indie list. To go with it are an amazingly artistic guitarist and an amazing Amy-Winehouse-esque singer Shoniwa. This is a band that really knows their stuff, and have produced two according albums in consequence. Full Review »