Andy Shauf - Wilds
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Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #218 / 609
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Based on 82 ratings
2021 Ratings: #381
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Northern Transmissions

You could call this album an afterthought, coming so soon after his 2020 The Neon Skyline, but it is in fact, a concept album of worthy comport.


For an album comprised of songs that didn't make that cut when recording his previous project, Wilds feels incredibly well thought out and complete.


Wilds is all killer and no filler, not taking itself all that seriously.

It’s a mark of Shauf’s talent that songs this deft could ever have been left to gather dust.

Excellent outtakes LP from talented Toronto songwriter.

Because it’s not beholden to some overarching conceit, the latest album from the Toronto-based singer-songwriter sounds looser, a bit wilder, more lackadaisical in a sadsack sort of way.
Louder Than War

With the release of Wilds, Shauf may have closed the book on the characters he created on Neon Skyline. It’s a great companion to the original album, like a disc of extras for those who want to delve further into the lives of his nameless protagonist.

Spill Magazine

Wilds offers an unfiltered look at Shauf’s creative process, allowing us to glimpse songs at an earlier, slightly less developed stage than we would normally receive them.

Best tracks: Judy (Wilds); Spanish on the Beach.
Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf has such a great knack for creating characters and putting them in situations that are semi-awkward and very related for anyone that doesn’t feel too sure of themselves. His 2020 album The Neon Skyline did this very well building out tales about himself, his hearts desire Judy and other and the adventure for those characters continues onto his newest release Wilds. This album did come as a surprise and was created around the same time, so it make ... read more
The Neon Skyline is one of my favorite releases in 2020. That being said my expectation for Wilds is high. I adore the minimalistic production, it's simple but effective thanks to his sharp writing skill that perfectly encapsulates the concept and theme of the album. And it's relatable to me, very engaging in term of story-telling.

Key tracks : Judy (Wilds), Television Blue, Green Glass
I made the mistake of overhyping Neon Skyline last year, although I do still like it. I gave it a 90-something, but it certainly wasn’t that great. It wore on me the more I listened to it. This has that same kind of feel, conceptually. I can tell this album will do the same thing, although, again, I do really like it. The song Jaywalker, however, is genuinely one of my favorite tracks I’ve heard this year. Super chill.
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Added on: September 22, 2021