Bastille – Wild World
Photo credit: Wolf James
Holy cats, 19 songs! This one album could have been two. I normally review each and every track, but I will recommend highlights instead. Bastille’s Wild World was released September 9, 2016.
“Good Grief” quickly sets the tone with its great vocals and drums. The song is a catchy way to start off the album, but I was disappointed in the video. Front man, Dan Smith. described the video as fun, chaotic, and surreal. The women are portrayed as typical sex objects, and it seemed meaningless. Videos can enhance a song experience, but in this case, it didn’t for me.
“The Currents” punches you in the face with its percussive string keyboard sound and distorted motif. Great mix of acoustic and digital sounds- Bastille does that well. The lyrics are equally passionate and describe a human reaction over differing opinions. Definitely relatable.
“An Act of Kindness” is mesmerizing. The husky, breaking voice, minor key, and rhythm will have you bobbing your head. I loved the layered vocals. The lyrics to “Warmth” give us the album title. The bass and drums lock in tight.
Hold me in this wild, wild world
‘Cause in your warmth I forget how cold it can be
And in your heat, I forget how cold it can get
“Two Evils” is plain sexy. 6/8 time and a lovely guitar tone, kind of like a western lullaby. “Send Them Off” begins with cheesy brass and 90s-sounding drums. I would have switched that out for some acoustic drums. The killer bass makes up for what the drums lack.
I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a kazoo vocal effect, like the one used in “Lethargy.” The drum sound is great, and the simple arpeggio bridge towards the end of the song is effective. “Four Walls” was reminiscent of Daft Punk, with the vocal effect experimentation. It was an enjoyable electronic ballad.
“Blame” had a strong guitar sound during the chorus. Bastille could use more of this overall, though I generally like the mix of their bass, keys, and drum sound. Bastille released an interesting video for “Fake It.” The actor portrays a politician reading a teleprompter and faking it.
“Oil on Water” blends beautiful harmonies with the instruments, and there is a nice little trumpet solo. The rhythm guitar and bass line on “Shame” are divine. Overall, there is a wide variety of styles on the album, which will be appealing for different audiences.
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