After listening to Wild Beasts PRESENT TENSE a few more times, I really feel I didn’t do it justice in my review earlier this month (see a couple entries in my blog before this one). It really is the perfect balance between what made them great musically in the first place and a refinement of their sound that doesn’t ruin them or get too far away from what they are all about. The songs may be be their best bunch yet – Mecca, Wanderlust, Nature Boy and perhaps their greatest song of all time A Simple Beautiful Truth.
Nadine Shah’s debut album LOVE YOUR DUM AND MAD is really powerful with great creeping majestic arrangements. Shah’s voice hits you on many levels raising the hair on the back of your neck, causing a twinge in your heart. The songs showcase not only Shah but also the guitars and the melodies. I hear a lot of comparisons between Shah and PJ Harvey and Nick Cave but unlike the both of them she can a.) Really sing b.) Really spin a catchy tune. Best songs – To Be A Young Man, The Devil, Floating, All I Want.