This debut recording, from the introduction that Wild Beasts give listeners with their â€œVigil For a Fuddy Duddyâ€, is one of the best ways to get to know a band that I have ever heard. Where it seems that a number of bands start off slowly and gradually introduce potential fans to the bandâ€™s mystique, the Wild Beasts lay everything out on the table from the get-go. What the band does through the entirety of â€œLimbo, Pantoâ€ is create a brand of indie rock that shines and soars beyond the vast majority of music being created by bands in the genre. Nowhere is this better shown during the bouncy, eighties-looking â€œThe Devilâ€™s Crayonâ€.
What is best about Wild Beasts is that each piece of the band is versatile enough to do a host of things, rather than be circumscribed by a small amount of duties. During that aforementioned â€œThe Devilâ€™s Crayonâ€, the vocals further a specific narrative while providing another bit of harmony to an already-rich backdrop created by the rest of the band. â€œThe Old Dogâ€ is the feel-good track on the disc, bringing back the halcyon days of the seventies.
The falsetto tones of Thorpe meshes with the slightly funk-inspired compositions of the band brings fans out of the woodwork, whether they fancied the earlier style or just glommed onto the Wild Beastsâ€™ extrapolation of the style as evidenced here. â€œHis Grinning Skullâ€ changes things up to provide listeners with the momentum that is necessary to keep with the rest of the disc, while Haydenâ€™s vocals take on a Bowie-esque one. The resulting tone is a fancy bit of rock that has just a hint of Neil Youngâ€™s â€œTransâ€ playing at the periphery. What the Wild Beasts do during here is save indie rock from boredom; their unique style is what I will be playing in my stereo for months to come.
Top Tracks: The Old Dog, The Club of Fathomless Love
Wild Beasts â€“ Limbo, Panto / 2008 Domino / 10 Tracks / http://www.limbo-panto.com