by Wild Beasts
Released: Aug 2009
Label: Domino Recording Co.
The star of this moody post-punk show is Hayden Thorpe's voice, ostentatiously strutting around the falsetto register one minute, snarling the next, then dipping down to a husky baritone. Damn thing's fascinating. But so are the tunes, which balance '80s dark-wave atmospherics with a fascination for Cabaret. And speaking of melodrama, dig the licentious lyrics: "trousers and blouses make excellent sheets." Now imagine those words being purred by a drag queen. Backed by Interpol.
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