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Two Dancers

Two Dancers

September 8, 2009
4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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By Kevin Satterwhite on September 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Wild Beasts will turn many heads. It will not be a surprise if some of those heads turn away. Their lead singers' styles of vocals are a bit unorthodox. They are particularly hard to describe. It's like a mix of Thom Yorke and Curt Smith (of Tears For Fears) at their most distraught. However, those that walk away from this band without giving them a fair chance will be surely missing out on what is essentially one of the best albums of the year.

One thing that will surely draw people in will be the stellar production of "Two Dancers". The organ pad on "The Fun Power Plot" starts off like a tractor beam sucking you in until the muted guitars and hypnotic drums break you out of trance. It's awesome. On my first listen, I was taken aback by Hayden Thorpe's 'all-over-the-wall' vocal style. On "Hooting and Howling," Hayden Thorpe's vocals aren't as hard to swallow. This is the first single from the album and it's a great choice. Hayden shows off this voice, which, while weird is equally amazing (like a quote from this song: "equally eloquent and ugly"). The product is, like "The Fun Power Plot" absolutely stellar.

There are a plethora of songs on here that are just amazingly written. My absolute favorite of the album is "Two Dancer (I)". This song features vocals from the other singer Tom Fleming, who does his best Tears For Fears' Curt Smith impersonation. The sonic guitars and pounding drums of the chorus of this song are the single best moment of the album and I am going out on a limb and place this song high in the top 10 best of the year. "Two Dancers (II)" offers more vocals from Fleming and more incredible production. This is a very gorgeous track. "Empty Nest" could be described the same way but it is more upbeat.
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I purchased a used copy based on this recording's Mercury Prize nomination. Last night, I listened to this entire album three times in succession. This recording is relatively short, yet equally dense in its complexity. The production is top notch, the songwriting stellar, and the performances perfectly rendered.

With 'Two Dancers' Wild Beasts provide a musical journey that invites the listener to absorb it in whole, rather than break it apart into individual tracks. Coupled with a very tight rhythm section, the lead guitar work is interesting throughout. The vocals are the standout on this recording. With stream of conscious lyrics and enormous range and emotional complexity, it is perhaps the top vocal recordings in the rock genre this year.

I highly recommend this work!
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I found this album on Rhapsody. I was searching the lyrics for a Ben Lee song I heard, and stumbled upon "We Still got the Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues" and loved the song. Usually, when I'm searching for a song and find the wrong song, I'm instantly annoyed by said song simply because it isn't the song I want, but I loved the song. So I searched the song on Rhapsody, and downloaded the album. I was very, very intrigued when it labeled it as Post-Punk (my favorite genre, long live, long love Echo & the Bunnymen), and stated its influences as Joy Division, Bloc Party, and Interpol, and Contemporaries as the National. I was beyond intrigued, and this band has opened a flood-gate of music I will worship.
On to this album: The singers voice mixed with the ambiance of the music could honestly bring your to tears. I know very little about the band itself (for now), and if both sounds of the vocals are the same guy, I must say wow. the androgyny of the voice is amazing. Take a chance.
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I love this and the previous release, just adore it outside of all expectations. Nobody I have told about it can stand it, however. Don't care about the lyrics that much, better for me not to listen too closely on some songs, my imagined lyrics are better. But everyone talks about "the singer" and I know who you mean, but the "other singer" has the most entrancing voice I have heard in many years. It is understated and wonderful, I would give anything to hear him alone with music on the par of these two albums. Want more.
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Whereas "Limbo,Panto,"their excellent debut, consisted of a collection of wonderful songs, "Two Dancers," is the result of meticulous song crafting. All ten songs work on the same level; not one song falls out of step from the one before it. "Two Dancers" has the unique ability to linger long after you've finished it. You immediately want to press the play button again and again, and by all means, do.

If "Two Dancers" feels more mature and sophisticated than its predecessor, then you're probably right. The music and lyrics are tighter and much more controlled. It seems the band knows which buttons to press and which not to press. They're more aware of what works and what doesn't. They have a goal here with "Two Dancers," and by God, they've achieved it! Keeping their animalistic and tribal mood but inquiring more of an atmosphere for those elements to exist in make songs like "Fun Powder Plot, We Still Got The Taste Dancing on Our Tongue, Two Dancers (I & II), and This Is Our Lot" stand out from anything on their debut album or any other album released this year, for that matter. "Two Dancers" is simply a gorgeous album.

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*Screw the 52nd Grammy nominations! This is the real Album of the Year!
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