The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
After winning hearts with their first two albums, it seemed almost impossible that The Maccabees would be able to top their previous works of genius. However, this is exactly what they have done with their brand new album ‘Given To The Wild’. Released 9th January 2012, the 13-track album contains the wonderfully unique sound that only The Maccabees could ever produce and seems to be their biggest success to date after charting fourth on the UK album chart. <br> <br> So The Maccabees are back and bigger than ever, throwing in brand new elements of electronic sounds that are noticeable in many tracks, including softly sweet ‘Go’. The use of these sounds bring something new to the indie group, yet still keeping the original sound that can be heard nowhere else. This album contains both bright, quirky melodies and soft, melancholy lyrics that are completely unique within modern music. <br><br> The first track ‘Pelican’ follows Orlando Weeks’ thoughts of life and death. Orlando remarks on how short life is, cheerily singing “before we know, we’re pushing up the daises” as he takes the listeners on a journey of life. The song is full of different paces; all members of The Maccabees seem to know the perfect moment to release bursts of bright energy before reigning it back in. <br> <br> The mournful ‘Forever I’ve Known’ is a prominent song that differs from others in the album. The lyrics are both believable and relatable; The Maccabees truly draw in their audience and captivate them with a truthful story of clinging to the cracks of a broken relationship. Orlando’s vocal tone carries no flaws as his voice flows through this song, creating a dream-like sense that only he could create. Felix and Hugo White’s soothing guitars creates a dreamy, ghostly effect is well suited to the front mans vocals, until the final breakdown of the song. Sam Jarvis’ drumming skills come into their own here, producing the perfect pace that is the key to creating the amazing riff that erupts at the ideal moment of the song. <br> <br> ‘Given To the Wild’ is so beautifully relatable, the songs are almost impossible to get out of your mind. There is a song for every mood, causing those who listen to it to become automatically attached to every single word. The truth in Orlando’s voice is simply phenomenal, every syllable is believable and every emotion is felt whilst listening to the album. The Maccabees are not afraid of exploring new musical territories within their music; the unique paces, beats and vocal styles used are perfectly different and incomparable to any other modern artist.