Given to the Wild

The Maccabees - Given to the Wild
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2012 Ratings: #390 / 950
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2012 Ratings: #230
January 6, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405

Another step forward and one that throws you around from light to dark, from high to low.

80
The Guardian

At its best, Given to the Wild introduces you to a sensation not previously derived from the Maccabees' oeuvre: of songs not really doing what you'd expect.

78
Beats Per Minute

It’s their breakthrough album and shows that with focus and confidence, the future could be pretty exciting for The Maccabees.

70
Drowned in Sound

Somewhat uneasy listening in places, yet sublime in others, Given To The Wild should rid The Maccabees of those 'landfill' jibes once and for all.

70
PopMatters

Given to the Wild is an accomplished, filler-free record that presents a band at peak condition, handily exceeding the marginal example set by similar-sounding acts.

40
Pitchfork

The personalities on this album are so blank the songs may as well be performed by apps, and sung by Siri.

gradys_kitchen
85
Much like fellow English men in Elbow, Maccabees have built a great formula balancing the adrenaline fueled alternative anthems ready for commercial play, with more muted, introspective tunes. Overall, one of the most consistent bands releasing albums in this newish century.
cwmDJ
67
indie by numbers, not a bad album but predictable and uninspiring
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#6/NME
#9/The Fly
#11/DIY
#19/Clash
#21/PopMatters
#23/Gigwise

Track List

  1. Given to the Wild (Intro) 
  2. Child 
  3. Feel to Follow 
  4. Ayla 
  5. Glimmer 
  6. Forever I've Known 
  7. Heave 
  8. Pelican 
  9. Went Away 
  10. Go 
  11. Unknow 
  12. Slowly One 
  13. Grew up at Midnight
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