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Album Review: Wild Beasts – Last Night All My Dreams Came True
Greg McCallum reviews a final and career-spanning compilation of Wild Beast's greatest hits and deep cuts
Towards the end of September last year, Wild Beasts announced that after 16 years together, their time as a band was “coming to an end”. Though, not by usual break-up standards; there was no statement about drama between band members, or that their visions for what the band should be contrasted each other, just simply that “for [their] own reasons and in [their] own ways”, the band had run its course. In their announcement, Wild Beasts indicated that they plan to celebrate with a few final shows and a final EP, Punk Drunk and Trembling, that was released last October. They have now announced their final ever release – Last Night All My Dreams Came True – a career-spanning album containing 13 of their most powerful tracks from their discography, recorded live at RAK Studios.
“Frontman Hayden Thorpe has suggested that Boy King reached a point for the band where the snake begins to eat its tail
With nearly half the songs coming from 2016’s Boy King, the album has emphasis on their most recent album. The band have described Boy King as their “most direct record yet”. However, though still achieving good reviews, Boy King was the band’s least acclaimed album, and frontman Hayden Thorpe has suggested that it reached a point for the band “where the snake begins to eat its tail,” stating that Boy King felt just like their first record in its “self-destructive” nature.
The highlight of the album is ‘The Devil’s Palace’, a song which beautifully blends ‘The Devil’s Crayon’, from the band’s 2008 debut album Limbo, Panto, with ‘Palace’ from Present Tense. This track perfectly combines Fleming’s baritone with Thorpe’s falsetto, making a haunting masterpiece that is a joy to listen to. This interplay between Thorpe’s and Fleming’s contrasting singing is further accentuated in the penultimate song on the album, ‘All The King’s Men’, a song from the Mercury Prize nominated Two Dancers.
“The selection of songs captures not only their unique, eccentric style of rock, but also the themes they have tackled on all their previous albums
Wild Beasts will be greatly missed, and have made it very clear that this is no “indefinite hiatus”, this is it for the band – but they are happy to be ending whilst hitting the peak of their powers. “We get to leave our desk by our own accord,” concludes Hayden, “and that makes us very lucky. Whoever gets to do that?”