Some, myself included, couldn’t quite get past the overblown drama and at times piercing falsetto on Two Dancers — but it seems Wild Beasts have restrained themselves on Smother.
It’s a gorgeous sounding record that offers cues from the likes of Talk Talk, Radiohead and Elbow. Hayden Thorpe’s falsetto is still there, but it’s more textural and less brazen. Have a listen to the full album via the Guardian UK and see what you think:
If you’d rather make a snap judgement, here’s the video for single “Albatross”: