Two tracks in and currently sounding completely excellent.
Up to Deeper
first listen of many i'm thinking, this is wonderful
so not surprised I'm loving this. It sounds like they've got the confidence to not do the really flamboyant stuff (that I did love don't get me wrong) for the surprise value and keep everything just really lovely in a subtle way. This is just end to end gorgeous, it's almost embarassing
I've jinxed it and it'll only be good on first impressions XD
that was stupidly gorgeous
much obliged for the link boris.
that this will probably be my favourite album of 2011. After three listens I am completely blown away. So lovely.
that was fucking awesome
it's gonna take something very special to top this one
Is how accessible it is immediately. I was all set to not have that much of a reaction to it on first listen but it's just totally blown me away. Utterly gorgeous, and when it sounds this good straight away, I seriously can't wait to give it more listens.
but i certainly agree with the others. It just seems to fit on that first listen. Lovely stuff.
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makes me think horrible thoughts.
I think I'll need a few more listens before I'm singing its praises. Much the same as my initial reaction to Two Dancers. What I can say is that the subtle touches of synth are just superb.
Took me ages to like the last one but it's brilliant on the first listen.
I'm listenin now, on track 8 and it's an instant success. Have a feeling this will pip The King of Limbs to my album of the year...
exactly what I was expecting, which is excellent.
I mean not one person? Because all this gushing sets us all up for over-hyping the record...
Ah who am I kidding, its f*cking ACES
and it may not end up being quite as good. Of course there is a problem of over-hyping it, and maybe a number of people will step back and go 'actually, after x listens it never quite built on that initial rush of giddiness I felt from it just being there in reality'
But first impressions count for a lot. I thought Albatross wasn't that amazing first time round, and now on fifth listen or whatever I adore it. That Smother as a package seemed so fully-formed and effortless bodes well, I reckon.
'But I stay for the rhythm section'
At least, thats what I'm hoping
but I think it's brilliant. Everybody's already got it sopt on really, it's just a beautful record. Reckon after a few more listens it will prove itself to be a better than 'Two Dancers', i really can't wait to see them next week now.
an extension of 'two dancers', liking it a lot so far.
& some tracks are still growing.
but this thread's giving me a boner
is pretty grand
but I kind of don't care. Here's my cover story for Playmusic Mag I did a couple of months ago. Also obviously read DiS' track by track. Both articles feature interesting stuff on the making of the record. Go go go!
... but I'm loath to start using words like 'brilliant', and 'amazing, and proclaiming it one of the best things I've heard this year. The album is far to subtle for that and so I'll leave it a few days to soak in.
I will say this however, these new songs do marry very well with Hayden's falsetto and may make his delivery much more palatable to a wider audience. We'll see.
It does have a lovely flow to it.
The overall sound is incredibly pretty, but the songs themselves haven't sunk in enough yet to claim the album to be brilliant. However, it was as enjoyable a first listen as that of any indie release so far this year. Will be spinning on repeat.
it's so consistently gorgeous I can't really pick out any particular tracks as highlights
really interesting and atmospheric, though nothing as yet has immediately leapt out like All The Kings Men or This Is Our Lot. Looking forward to listening more!
Bit worried about people overhyping it though, and getting a sense that the "its going to be the best album of the year definitely" is going a bit overboard. it's only May!!
was the title track (part one). Was the key to that album for me.
i found it pretty disturbing. also, i felt like crying when (the tragic) The Empty Nest ends the album in that quiet The Tourist-esque way
Can't get into it straight away.. nothing 's jumping at me. Finding Hayden's voice slightly irritating after a while. Not a good sign. :(
Initially I was pretty disappointed - like hearing Albatross for the first time - but after some listens, I accepted it wasn't the same great leap from Limbo, Panto to Two Dancers and began to enjoy it for what it is: a beautiful, accessible album. It's the bizarre sounds on Burning and the gorgeous simplicity of Deeper that drew me in until I was totally hooked. It's great, but I'm quite surprised people are so into it so quickly. Different strokes innit.
I wasn't convinced about Albatross on first listen and I'm still not overly hyped about it so if this is the direction of the record it will be hard to get into. I'm not that big on their first album either. Two Dancers is ridic though. Having not listened to much music it was one of the first albums that truly blew my mind.
but not like Albatross very much. True it's not as immediate as All the King's Men for example but if you liked TD's smoother songs such as Two Dancers 2, This is Our Lot and Funpowder Plot then you should *like* Smother.
My only criticism of Smother is that in places it is TOO simplified. The piano on the first song is bordering on infantile; I prefer it when I can't fathom how they've come to a certain sound/melody/whatever rather than have it figured out instantly.
Which to me, as a big Wild Beasts fan, is possibly the best thing they've ever done. Tom's little sigh/tut noise at 1.43 is the kind of insanely cool moment that I go crazy over.
they made me feel like i was swimming in gold and silver. it was brilliant.
cannot. wait. for. next. week.
keeps getting better with every listen- just can't get enough...
I've been listening non-stop for the past three days - it's brilliant. I can really hear Hats and A Walk Across The Rooftops by The Blue Nile in this. And while I really like all of it, I definitely have a preference for the tracks on which Tom takes the lead. Invisible is beautiful. Bravo!
this album sounds like The Blue Nile. and it's fucking brilliant.
just might be.
this album (and to a lesser extent Two Dancers) reminds me of It's Immaterial's second album SONG which is on Spotift as it happens.
possibly the best (hard to ignore end comes to soon though)
Just got the leak and I LOVED it. "You're My Plaything" was quite sexy :3 I think this guy puts it pretty well- http://www.thetunemusic.com/2011/05/wild-beasts-smother-2011.html
Sexuality + poetry = AWESOME.