Added to my collection: Wild Beasts - Present Tense
Recently added to my CD collection: Wild Beasts - Present Tense (2014).
"In the mother tongue/ What’s the verb ‘to suck?’", Thorpe taunts, a subliminal at some fellow UK band getting a little too obvious in their Americanization. It also makes you wonder if “Nature Boy” might be a metaphor for how Wild Beasts compare to some of their more accommodating and popular peers. So what is “Wanderlust” doing as the opener on a record that focuses so much on domestic satisfaction? Get to the closer “Palace” and Thorpe bookends it by singing, “Baby there’s have alls and there are have nots/ I’m happy with what I got”. Both songs speak on the futility of trying to attain any sort of real happiness trying to be someone else. Lucky for us, there’s no one else like them and on Present Tense, their success has allowed Wild Beasts to be even more like themselves.
It’s a work that laughs, cries, detests, adores and above anything else inspires.