The Word On... Given to the Wild, The Maccabees


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"A slew of potentially overbearing indie-kid epics offset beautifully by discreet vocals, percussion and lilting arrangements at every turn... [the] quality is evident pretty much throughout, but picks of the bunch are 'Forever I've Known' and closer 'Grew Up At Midnight', whose similarly huge finale seems to have the smell of main-stage fireworks in its nostrils."

"These songs were written for an imaginary Pyramid Stage audience... the heart-thumping energy of their first records is not in evidence, and 'Given To The Wild' feels like a wasted opportunity."

"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.."