For the past 10 years, British alternative outfit Wild Beasts have consistently delivered innovative and theatrical music in an otherwise stale landscape. Following the announcement in October that the four-piece were bringing the curtain down on their career, the band have released Last Night All My Dreams Came True, a live album recorded at RAK studios, and packed full of fan favourites.
The record centres heavily on Young Post’s five-star rated Boy King from 2016, with songs like Get My Bang, Alpha Female, Big Cat, and Celestial Creatures sounding as groovy, brooding and atmospheric as the originals.
Deeper cuts like Bed of Nails from 2011’s Smother, or This Is Our Lot from 2009’s Mercury-nominated Two Dancers album will please long-time fans, hitting with even greater power and theatrics. There is even a medley of The Devil’s Crayon mixed with Palace, bringing their earlier material up to date with Boy King’s aesthetics.
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The highlights are Hooting & Howling and All The King’s Men, both of which show singers Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming pushing their voices far beyond any previous recording, verging on the ridiculous, while the catchy guitar riffs sound as vital as ever. From the pounding, hypnotic Wanderlust to the emotional 2BU, this record portrays the band’s vast range of abilities.
While each fan may feel a classic or two are missing from the list, or that a lack of their earliest material is apparent, but all the favourites could never fit on to one disc. Wild Beasts’ dreams may have come true, as they can be remembered as one of the most forward thinking acts of the past decade.
Edited by Ginny Wong