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Present Tense is the fourth studio album from the British band and follow up to 2011's Smother.

1. Wanderlust
2. Nature Boy
3. Mecca
4. Sweet Spot
5. Daughters
6. Pregnant Pause
7. A Simple Beautiful Truth
8. A Dog s Life
9. Past Perfect
10. New Life
11. Palace

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B00HRYBPY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wild Beasts’ Present Tense is a dramatic new album. Gleaming and sparkling with the most intense of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound rethought and retooled with exquisite detail for the 21st century, it doesn't sound like any boys-with-guitars band you've ever heard. And despite the coherence of its sweeping song structures, it wasn't wriIen so much as meticulously ... Read more in Amazon's Wild Beasts Store

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Hard to imagine there will be a better album than this in 2014.
Smoothymcclure
And it gets better with repeated listens, a hallmark of a cd being truly great.
Zack Horne
Like me, you may discover a new album favorite when you least expected it.
Charles Nordlander

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Nordlander TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2014
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I discovered Wild Beasts and this album during a late night cruise of Amazon, listening to bands I didn't know whose albums were being recommended based on bands that I liked. Once in a while, I discover a good album that way... but this time, I discovered a great one. Present Tense is one of the finest and most creative musical efforts that I've heard in a very long time, and I buy a lot of music. In fact, there's truly no justice if it doesn't end up all over Ten Best lists for 2014. It's one of the few albums to which I consistently listen all the way through, simply because there's not a weak track on it.

It's harder to characterize the sound of Wild Beasts on Present Tense, and that's part of the appeal--you cannot simply slot them into a familiar category. But if Alt Rock and Electronica had a love child, this is what it might sound like. Interestingly, I have not felt the same enthusiasm for the earlier albums of Wild Beasts--at least in listening to song samples. The band seems to have really evolved into the unique sound of Present Tense.

With my five star rating, can I guarantee that you'll love Present Tense, too? No. Musical tastes are too varied for that. But I will guarantee that if my description above intrigues you, then it's definitely worth a few minutes of your time to check out the song samples and see what you think. Like me, you may discover a new album favorite when you least expected it.

Thanks for taking the time to read my review and I hope you find it helpful in making a buying decision.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on February 25, 2014
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The return of Kendall wonders the Wild Beasts is truly the arrival of spring following months of the coldest of chills. There is a special ingredient about this British band in comparison to their contemporaries that suggests the upper reaches of the Premier league compared to the lower divisions of the crushingly indifferent indie music circulating at present. "Present Tense' is the long awaited fourth album from the Wild Beasts, and it builds on the electronica trend of the last album "Smother". Hayden Thorpe and crew took a decidedly "Kid A" style turn with the latter and abandoned guitars in favour of elegant sweeping synths, combined with deep seductive melodies and sophisticated soundscapes.

Some will argue that the dandy decadent edge of the band has suffered because of this which is probably true, but who is complaining when the music is quite this good. "Present Tense" commences with the single "Wanderlust" a thing of rich beauty, with crunching synths and a typically brilliant opening line "We're decadent beyond our means, with a zeal/We feel the things they'll never feel". Throughout the album the lyrical content is sharp, witty and often very funny. The vocal duties are as usual shared by Thorpe and the deeper tones of Tom Fleming. His performance on "Daughters" is stunning. It is one of the albums highlights, a sinister and slow piece of electronica that is utterly compelling, although the haunting penultimate track "New Life" is almost its match . This album also includes the bands most commercial moment to date in the lively "A Simple Beautiful Truth" a piece of pop perfection which would not go amiss sound tracking the sun going down on a Mediterranean Isle.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.G.R. Black on March 2, 2014
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Four albums in and Wild Beasts keep defying and surpassing expectations. “Limbo, Panto” (2008) was their calling card, a collection of premature wet dreams and heavy breathing. “Two Dancers” (2009), their masterpiece, upped the ante as they found the perfect balance of restraint and refinement. Indelible. “Smother” (2011) was icy hot to senses in the best possible way.

“Present Tense” sees Wild Beasts at its peak, both creatively and daringly. Stripping instrumentation without ever feeling or sounding minimal, Wild Beasts have infused elements of rhythm and blues with equal parts electronica for one of the most immediate and modern albums recently released.

I know it’s a bit early for this, but there isn’t a doubt in my mind that “Present Tense” will be one of the best albums of this year.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Silbernagel on February 25, 2014
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With this fourth offering from Wild Beasts, "Present Tense" continues on the path of change with significant favor for an electronic dominant sound. Although the smooth guitar work is minimal in comparison to their previous efforts, it shouldn't make fans feel as though this isn't the same band. The incredible vocals of Fleming and Thorpe still shine, perhaps even more beautifully than ever before. The lyrics are also amusing and clever once again.

Although I feel that the album is short, it also feels complete since everything flows incredibly well. The first track "Wanderlust" has an addictive closing verse that I believe most people will be singing to themselves over and over again for a long time. "Sweet Spot" is a standout track with a smooth sexy sound and wonderful vocal transition. "A Dog's Life" has to be my favorite though as it is so brooding, combining with many different sounds and emotions.

Overall, "Present Tense" is a strong effort by Wild Beasts and is an absolute must to listen to this year.
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