DNA Magazine - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Lon­don-based act Wild Beasts have worked dili­gently on this, their fourth al­bum, and it shows. While pre­vi­ously they were a lost in the in­die rock woods, now it ap­pears the Bri­tish band has seen the sparkling light of pop. Who knew it was via the neon back­streets of 1980s elec­tro with a dol­lop of 1990s al­ter­na­tive dance? Per­haps it was their remix­ing of Lady Gaga’s You And I that set them on a crash course with pop nir­vana. Smells like post-teen spirit to us, which ain’t a bad thing! Like the al­bum’s first sin­gle Wan­der­lust (“Don’t con­fuse me with some­one who gives a fuck!” be­ing its best line), Present Tense is bulging at the seams with quirky rock elec­tron­ica and more than a hint of sex­ual am­bi­gu­ity in its skinny jeans.

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