Wild Beasts - Present Tense
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #33 / 845
Year End Rank: #34
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Based on 339 ratings
2014 Ratings: #77
February 25, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
DIY

'Present Tense' is Wild Beasts growing a new pair of fangs. Their most complete record by a serious stretch, it's a work that laughs, cries, detests, adores and above anything else inspires.

100
The Line of Best Fit

Present Tense is a triumph of ideas that results in a ground zero for Wild Beasts. They’ve pulled off possibly the most intelligent, involving and profound record since OK Computer.

95
The 405

On their fourth album Wild Beasts have made a stunning turn. Present Tense is their most beautiful, arresting and accomplished album to date - which is saying something for a band that already had a high stock of dazzling and inventive songs. 

90
The Fly

Three albums of increasingly slick fare on, and ‘Present Tense’ arrives as their cleanest, most thoughtfully understated effort to date.

90
NME

The result is an LP that feels more in sync with contemporary music than ever before. There are notes here of Oneohtrix Point Never, Clams Casino, and Tim Hecker. Crucially, though, ‘Present Tense’ roams a landscape which couldn’t have been charted by anyone else.

90
musicOMH

It is an album by a band at the very peak of their powers – one that will make you want to throw your hands up and surrender to its magnificent beauty.

90
PopMatters

That cohesion, the way Wild Beasts can’t seem to play a bum note or place a single syllable in the wrong verse, makes Present Tense one of the most quietly exhilarating albums in recent memory, and all the more so for using its evocative power to unsettle and seduce in equal measure.

90
FasterLouder

The highest compliment you can pay Wild Beasts is that their records sound not just stronger, but deeper and more meaningful, with every listen. And that’s perhaps truer of Present Tense than it has been of any of their records.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Present Tense may be a less accessible offering from Wild Beasts, but it’s their most human – a mesmeric bundle of contradictions, indignities and pleasures. 

82
Pitchfork

Without much left to discard sonically, Wild Beasts make their most radical and daring subtraction: emotional drama.

80
The Skinny

Oxygenated by clean synths and carried by Chris Talbot's sentient percussion, Present Tense is an exercise in delivering impact through seemingly minimal means.

80
Drowned in Sound

Present Tense might lack the immediacy of both Smother and Two Dancers, but scratch away at the surface and its a record oozing with the precision and maturity we've come to expect from its creators.

80
Exclaim!

This fourth Wild Beasts album is a stunner.

80
AllMusic

Present Tense isn't as flawless as Smother; it's slightly top-loaded, and occasionally the spare instrumentation borders on monotonous. Still, it's a compelling album that shows Wild Beasts can build on their breakthrough in satisfying and challenging ways.

80
FACT Magazine

Present Tense marks Wild Beasts’ transition from guitar band to electronic act, and as it turns out, the inhumanity of electronica serves to accentuate the group’s thematic preoccupations.

80
Clash

The quartet’s fourth LP finds them boldly embracing new production techniques, to a great extent withdrawing their fidgety jangles and guitar-led melodies for a pared-down electronic sound.

75
Paste

The album is a very solid synthesis of where Wild Beasts have been, and it offers a number of potential paths for the band moving forward.

67
Consequence of Sound

By most accounts, Present Tense fends off stagnation, but without some new tricks up their sleeve, one wonders how long they can avoid that fate.

65
Under The Radar

While Wild Beasts have crafted another beautifully soulful record in Present Tense—with perhaps a little more bite than its predecessor—it does leave the listener wondering how long a band can stick with one mood before it starts to stagnate. 

aaron
96
Where art and adoration meet.

This another album, that is so jarring to my listening experience, that I can remember the exact moment I first heard it, and a memory tissue has all but formed around this album, making sure I never forget the power of a beautiful album such as this.

So, the first time I heard this I was 19, nothing major going on just sitting in my room. I had decided to buy The Knights of the Old Republic, as it was outlined as a classic and I was looking for something to do ... read more
60
“Present Tense” certainly starts strong with the quotable and enjoyable “Wanderlust,” but before long, Wild Beasts sink into a highly repetitive sound. There seems to be an attempt to balance a “mainstream indie” synthpop appeal with an art rock sensibility, and the resulting record sounds both tentative and one-dimensional. “Present Tense” certainly has its moments, but they fall in between too many moments that fail to leave an impression.
CheapandLethal
95
Exceptional
tha138
80
There's tension, there's passion, there's aggression, there's possession, there's obsession, there's affection.
THERE'S REAL LIFE.
estenaosoueu
89
A brilliant evolution since their first record.
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Track List

  1. Wanderlust
  2. Nature Boy
  3. Mecca
  4. Sweet Spot
  5. Daughters
  6. Pregnant Pause
  7. A Simple Beautiful Truth
  8. A Dog's Life
  9. Past Perfect
  10. New Life
  11. Palace
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