Recently, the British newspaper The Guardian ran an article asking if indie rock was dying out. Around the same time, The Maccabeesâ€™ third album landed comfortably in that nationâ€™s charts at number four, proving that there is still an audience for guitar-based rock.
The English band has certainly matured over the years with Given to the Wild proving to be their most cohesive album to date. Thereâ€™s a certain cinematic quality to the record, with each song flowing smoothly into the next. Itâ€™s difficult to isolate individual tracks, but thatâ€™s for the best. While other albums can feel like a collection of random songs made around the same time, Given to the Wild is a solid, soulful work.
The overall tone is slow and dreamy with songs like â€œChildâ€ and â€œAylaâ€ not being afraid to pull in elements like horns and piano. Thereâ€™s a patient build to every track that goes from quiet, delicate guitar to swelling triumph by the end. Donâ€™t mistake that for it being formulaic though; The Maccabees have hit their stride and know how to make music for the heart as well as the head. Fans of Foalsâ€™ atmosphere and Arcade Fireâ€™s intensity will find admiration for an English group only growing more talented by the album.