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Present Tense

Wild Beasts

Present Tense

Fourth album from the Lake District indie rock quartet and first without long-time producer Richard Formby

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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    Their most complete record by a serious stretch, it's a work that laughs, cries, detests, adores and above anything else inspires
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  2. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    They’ve pulled off possibly the most intelligent, involving and profound record since OK Computer
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  3. 10.0 |   State

    Present Tense is Wild Beasts’ best collection of songs. Furthermore it is their best sounding album and their best exercise in songwriting ye
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  4. 9.5 |   The 405

    On their past albums Wild Beasts have shown us their savage and raw sides, which have been gloriously charming and exciting, but by opening up on Present Tense and revealing their true hearts, their music has ascended to new heights
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  5. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    It may have been several years in the making, but Wild Beasts have once again managed to outdo themselves
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  6. 9.0 |   The Fly

    A record that’s as honest and open-hearted as anything this great band have put their names to yet
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  7. 9.0 |   Uncut

    For the fourth album in a row, they've moved the goalposts
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  8. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Another remarkable achievement from this wonderful group
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  9. 9.0 |   NME

    An LP that feels more in sync with contemporary music than ever before
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  10. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    The highest compliment you can pay Wild Beasts is that their records sound not just stronger, but deeper and more meaningful, with every listen
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  11. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    One of the most quietly exhilarating albums in recent memory, and all the more so for using its evocative power to unsettle and seduce in equal measure
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  12. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Present Tense possesses a complexity that's not so calculated, focusing on the passage of music rather than layer upon layer of sound
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  13. 9.0 |   Digital Spy

    Stripping back their sound to allow each little musical intricacy to breathe has made for an understated thing of beauty which improves with repeated plays
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  14. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Present Tense marks a potent descent to Earth for Wild Beasts. As they shed their idealism they continue to adopt new shades of complexity, and are all the better for it
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  15. 8.2 |   Pitchfork

    Lucky for us, there’s no one else like them and on Present Tense, their success has allowed Wild Beasts to be even more like themselves
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  16. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Present Tense might lack the immediacy of both Smother and Two Dancers, but scratch away at the surface and its a record oozing with the precision and maturity we've come to expect from its creators
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  17. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's a compelling album that shows Wild Beasts can build on their breakthrough in satisfying and challenging ways
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  18. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Any indie band worth the name has to have an odd-sounding singer, but Wild Beasts have two
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  19. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Some may find the need to let Present Tense grow a bit. For those familiar with the ways these guys work, just dive right in. For this, their fourth album, is a beaut
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  20. 8.0 |   Fact

    A weary quiet pervades Present Tense, a notably sombre offering from Kendal’s one-time birds of paradise
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  21. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Increasingly, there’s no other band like them – a fine achievement
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  22. 8.0 |   The FT

    The songs are subtly conceived and quietly mesmerising
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  23. 8.0 |   The Observer

    There's powerful drama and enigmatic subtlety in equal measure as the Cumbrian four-piece once again embrace understated electronica
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  24. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Leavens signature creative audacity with newfound restraint. Print edition only

  25. 8.0 |   Q

    The work of a richly creative entity still in the ascendant, those with a mind to will drink deep. Print edition only

  26. 8.0 |   Clash

    As always, Wild Beasts’ songs are unusually intimate, and the electronic evolution of ‘Present Tense’ captures their characteristically microscopic explorations of human interaction
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  27. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    An exercise in delivering impact through seemingly minimal means
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  28. 8.0 |   The Music

    This is the most measured and confident release from Wild Beasts, an absorbing hymn to modern life
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  29. 7.5 |   Crack

    The triumph of Present Tense is that they manage to keep hold of this whilst continuing to push their own sound
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  30. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    A very solid synthesis of where Wild Beasts have been, and it offers a number of potential paths for the band moving forward
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  31. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s a heavyweight effort, almost devoid of fun, but heavy with feeling
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  32. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Present Tense fends off stagnation, but without some new tricks up their sleeve, one wonders how long they can avoid that fate
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  33. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    The next installment in a (very) gradual progression, rather than a bold reinvention
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  34. 6.0 |   The List

    Technically immaculate, it's a daring attempt to dissolve into a new genre, and one admirable, but for most parts it feels like a self-satisfying first wade rather than a round-the-world-while-blindfolded triumph
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  35. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The album employs an Eighties electropop style, occasionally peppered with neat, itchy guitar though it’s Thorpe’s sylvan voice that pulls the songs through
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  36. 4.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Critics and fans have rightfully slobbered all over the Beasts once again, though in my minority opinion the fun factor is a little low, the humour factor non-existent and the colours a little too bleached
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