I've got a lot of stuff going up this week...here's a review of the very flamboyant, very beautiful third album from Wild Beasts. It's called Smother and, like about 200 other records, it came out on Tuesday.
Hayden Thorpe's falsetto flutters like a hummingbird, swoops and curls like a multi-colored kite in the wind. He is, if anything, more flamboyant and florid than ever on this, the Wild Beasts' third album, yet because he is working against a more meticulously plotted background, his vocal pyrotechnics seem less shocking, more fitting this time. Smother continues in the Mercury Nominated Two Dancers (2009) path of more disciplined theatricality, finding a way for Thorpe's wild fantasias to work as artistry rather than oddity.
Smother is the Wild Beasts' most restrained, refined effort yet, paring down hot-house atmospheres to lush essentials.
There is a full album stream, at least for now