Smother - Domino
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Laura Studarus on May 11, 2011
Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe emotes like the forsaken son of Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Antony. Thankfully, over the course of Smother, the English quartet proves they have the muscle to back up their lead singer’s melodramatic warble. A moody trip, the album opens with divisive near-show-tune “Lion’s Share” before settling into a series of low-key, melancholy tunes. Thankfully, the drama returns during epic closer “End Come Too Soon”—a slow building, cinematic send-off worth a second listen.