Bastille’s new album is ‘Wild World.’ It’s the highly anticipated sophomore album from the British indie band that rose to fame with their brilliant debut ‘Bad Blood’ of 2013. Now critics are weighing in and here’s a roundup of reviews.
Frontman Dan Smith and the band burst onto the scene with their debut album ‘Bad Blood.’ It was met with critical acclaim on both sides of the pond and debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and went on to be nominated for the British Album of the Year at the BRIT Awards in 2014.
It spawned many hit singles including the title track as well as ‘Pompeii,’ ‘Overjoyed,’ ‘Flaws’ and ‘Things We Lost in the Fire.’ The album was notable for its wide range of influences and references from mythology and history to pop culture. And in the years since, Bastille has gone on to international success and have amassed a loyal fan base in the years since.
Anticipation has been building for this new album which, according to the band’s official announcement statement was in the works for the past couple of years. The lead single, ‘Good Grief’ has drawn notice in particular for its visually striking music video.
In a recent interview, Dan Smith said of the album, “It’s bolder than the first. It flows like a mix tape, from moody R&B to harder guitar stuff.” He went on to speak of individual songs and said that they “look at how the world can seem quite f–ked up when you’re watching the news and just figuring out how to respond and get your head around it.”
And of course, there’s always the so-called sophomore album “curse” and it’s intensified all the more when a band starts out hitting such a high mark. Now as the album arrives in full, here’s what the critics are saying.
“….Musically, the band sound bolder and more ambitious, yet their core songwriting talents remain at the heart of each song. While ‘Power’ begins with an infectious groove, it explodes into life with guitar riffs before ‘Two Evils’, a stark but gorgeous number, which brings a real cinematic feel to the midpoint of the record. It’s a brave move, but one that more than pays off. …..” — DIY Magazine
“….Sure, Bastille are a bit like that dude at school who flits between social groups. He likes a bit of hip-hop, a few indie tunes, and badgers the DJ for ’90s R&B when he’s p*ssed. But you know what, that guy’s mates with everyone and more fun to hang out with than the surly cool kid in the corner. As such, ‘Wild World’ is a triumphant pop record: unflinching in its ability to rouse listeners and unapologetic in its quest for a Number One…” –NME
“….Guitars feature more heavily than on the debut album, further blurring the line between Bastille and fellow over-thinkers Coldplay, but Bastille have the edge in terms of unfeigned emotionalism. ….” –The Guardian
“….While Bastille’s expansion of influences is admirable, the whole album runs more than an hour in length and the sonic whiplash can be tiring. It’s cool they’re trying on many different styles, but truly killer albums have laser-sharp focus. ….” –Entertainment Weekly
“….The band can feel hampered by its populist ambition, though, which means the best stuff here moves toward the intimate. ….” –Rolling Stone
Check back for more reviews as they arrive. And in the meantime, check out Bastille’s ‘Wild World’ album cover art and music videos below!
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