🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Wild Beasts

Let’s hope this one isn’t too tame…

Talk Talk crack the top 10:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Talk Talk 4.46
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Lou Reed 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Tricky 3.62
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
WHY? 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Black Flag 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Feeder 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Usher 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Celine Dion 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
Razorlight 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

And next up;

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  • 5

0 voters

  • Limbo, Panto
  • Two Dancers
  • Smother
  • Present Tense
  • Boy King

0 voters

  • Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants
  • Through Dark Night
  • Assembly
  • The Devil’s Crayon
  • Hooting & Howling
  • All The King’s Men
  • We Still Got The Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues
  • Albatross
  • Bed Of Nails
  • Reach A Bit Further
  • Stray
  • Wanderlust
  • Sweet Spot
  • A Simple Beautiful Truth
  • Mecca
  • Woebegone Wanderers II
  • Get My Bang
  • Big Cat
  • Alpha Female

0 voters

The worst vocal I’ve ever heard in my life - 1/5

10 Likes

Absolutely loved them up to and including Smother and the totally lost interest. 4 for those early records though.

4 Likes

My uni band. Me and my first year hall mates all became life long friends listening to them pretty much non stop while hanging out and playing nintendo. We all went to see them together so many times.

Might tell a nice story later

5

9 Likes

Frustrating band really. Limbo, Panto and Two Dancers are excellent. Smother is decent and includes their best song in End Come Too Soon. Unfortunately they don’t exist after Smother as far as I’m concerned.

2 Likes

don’t get this type of thing at all

2 Likes

This strand of late 00s music is a closed book to me. There probably are some good tunes in there somewhere, but I was so put off by the tide of landfill indie in preceding years that I basically stopped paying attention to new guitar bands until about 2015. I don’t care how many doors your cinema club has, I wasn’t interested.

Be interesting to see if the thread pushes me to have another look at WB / abstain.

That’s very similar to my experience but for different years. Britpop, especially late Britpop, killed my love of guitar music and the last straw was probably The Stereophonics. I avoided pretty much all new guitar music from about 99 to 07 but jumped back on-board in time to catch Wild Beasts’ rise and they sounded pretty fresh to my ears.

The first three albums are good. Two Dancers is brilliant.

4/5

3 Likes

Fantastic band! There was a period of adjustment when I got used to Hayden’s voice but came to love it and the way it contrasts with Tom’s richer, deeper tones. I can trace the DNA of lots of other bands I like in their sound but I think they did something really fresh with those influences, their lyrics too are so imaginative, might be a bit too purple for some but I think they’re great.

Certainly one of the most distinctive and interesting guitar bands of that era particularly around Two Dancers and Smother. I like all their albums though, even the last two that regularly take a kicking. It’s going to be a 5 from me.

Had an awful nights sleep thanks to Franklin so just going to put my head on the table and listen to this for a bit

7 Likes

Literally never heard of them

Can’t be doing with his vocals so only heard a couple of tracks so I abstain.

1 Like

Present Tense ended up being a shared favourite between my partner and I (quite a rare thing) for the last few months we lived in Brisbane, so always evokes a smile. Never got into any of the others though - his voice does grate over the course of a record unfortunately.

Because it was such a happy time they get a rose-tinted nostalgia-encrusted 4.

2 Likes

Solid 4.

Great early records and then fell off horrifically after Smother.

End Come Too Soon is a pure banger.

Was mad in to Two Dancers for ages, still reckon it’s an all timer. Bounced of Smother when it came out, but over time came to appreciate it a lot more, some real low key bangers on there. Dropped off a cliff after that, though still a few decent tracks knocking around. 4

Reckon if they’d have had better management and had a tighter grip on their own A&R decisions they could’ve been one of the most lauded indie bands of the past decade or so. Lyrically one of the best British guitar bands since The Smiths, I reckon. Just made some really poor decisions after Smother.

Real great band who seemed to have a unique approach compared to everything else going on at the time. Was really exciting seeing them develop and they were also completely enrapturing live. They got steadily better over their first 3 records peaking with smother which is a bit of modern masterpiece. Then seemed to completely lose it with the next 2 which is a shame.

strong 4

Passed me by at the time but heard Two Dancers recently for the first time and quite liked it. Might put Smother on later.

I don’t think I soured on them as much as some did after Smother and I suspect they’re going to get a bit of a retrospective kicking here but for a while they were my favourite post-Radiohead band. Two Dancers is an absolute 5/5 masterpiece and I’d rather judge a band on their best output than their worst. I’d say of their five studio albums their three best were bookended by two lesser albums - Limbo, Panto full of great ideas mired by naïvety in production and execution, Boy King crammed with slick sex-jams and a thumping machismo that felt wrong against a career that dealt with a far more feminine side of male sexuality up till then.

But Two Dancers, though… It’s so sensual, sensitive and otherworldly, often disquieting in its subject matter. It also feels pretty unique in its sound, the interplay of Hayden and Tom’s distinctive voices - operatic and earthly; songs built out of intricate parts that fit together in the most unusual ways. Genuinely feel like the first minute or so of The Fun Powder Plot is the greatest cold opening of any album of the 00s. It’s utterly beguiling.

5.

10 Likes