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Wild Beasts - Smother
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2011 Ratings: #45 / 892
Year End Rank: #14
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2011 Ratings: #29
May 10, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

It’d be reductive to try and describe a timeless album like Smother as a step up from its two predecessors.

90
musicOMH

Smother is touching and majestic, a surprise of juxtaposition that is at once both plaintive and emotional, strident and libidinous.

90
PopMatters

A not-entirely-minimalist record, but one that scales back every element of its songwriting enough that each note seems precious.

82
Pitchfork

What makes this all work so well is the remarkable amount of restraint and rhythmic know-how these four employ.

80
No Ripcord

Smother is an exercise in moderation, trying to find the precise balance between audacious beauty and emotional intelligence.

80
Consequence of Sound

Every track is a case study in masterful composition, as each disparate musical element is seamlessly integrated into its respective song.

72
Beats Per Minute

Smother may lack the proper drive of Two Dancers, but it succeeds in whittling down what has become Wild Beasts’ motif.

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

But overall, Smother seems to be missing purpose.

Nov 13, 2012
cwmDJ
93
indie pop, brilliantly written songs faultlessly sung, catchy tunes yet stirring lyrics, great production
Nov 4, 2016
estenaosoueu
79
Now I know where the Alt-J took inspiration to make their "This Is All Yours", which is a worsened version of this.
May 1, 2015
lerkenfeldt
85
Lions Share, Loop The Loop and Reach A Bit Further, are the best songs Wild Beasts has ever made. And that says a lot. Just a breathtakingly beautiful album.
Mar 12, 2014
lemuriams
90
One of my Classics - 10 absolute new ideas of modern Indie vision
in one album.

Best tracks on album - Bed of Nails - Reach a Bit Further

Worst tracks - NO.
Track List
  1. Lion's Share 
  2. Bed of Nails 
  3. Deeper 
  4. Loop the Loop 
  5. Plaything 
  6. Invisible 
  7. Albatross 
  8. Reach a Bit Further 
  9. Burning 
  10. End Come Too Soon