Re­view: Wild Beasts live up to name on po­tent ‘Boy King’

‘Boy King’

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Contents - (PABLO GORONDI/As­so­ci­ated Press)

WILD Beasts live up to their name on the po­tent “Boy King,” 10 elec­tric ex­po­sures of the English art rock­ers’ raw car­nal de­sires.

Led by Haden Thorpe’s some­times ghostly vo­cals and a bar­rage of synths and guitar riffs both glim­mer­ing and rusty, the band’s fifth al­bum dis­plays a lineup of a cer­tain kind of very male nar­ra­tives about what must be mod­ern love.

Most of the char­ac­ters on “Boy King” seem bur­dened by stunted emo­tional growth, the in­ten­sity of feel­ings ex­pressed in lines like, “You can stuff your chastity, your wait and see” (“He the Colos­sus”); “Once the fuse gets lit, noth­ing good will come of it” (“Pony­tail”); and “You know that I’m the worst when I come call­ing” (“2BU”).

Ex­plain­ing that “I will not hold you back ... I’ll be right be­hind you,” even the ap­par­ently sup­port­ive part­ner be­hind the “Al­pha Fe­male” may be a scary stalker. It’s only rock ‘n’ roll but don’t come near my daugh­ter.

Af­ter all the saber rat­tling, “Boy King” ends in a re­flex­ive mood, sup­plant­ing testos­terone with ten­der­izer. The man-as-boy-again in “Dream­liner” drops the he­do­nis­tic blus­ter and cries out “so be kind to me now.” Like ev­ery­one else, he just wants to be loved and would give his king­dom for a hug.

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