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Wall Of Arms - The Maccabees

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk / Artist: The Maccabees / Audio CD released 2009-05-04 at Fiction/Polydor

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      15.09.2010 15:45
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      A hidden gem if you read my treasure map in how to find it.

      Admittedly after the first couple listens, the album doesn't really do anything for you. However, if you give it some thought and actually understand the elusive lyrics Orlando cries out, then you'l get the maccabees, and realise there not all about jittery teenage guitar rhythms of their last album. like all bands you never really want to see them grow up e.g. Kins of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks but for the first time, there music has grown into something more meaningful then before.

      For example... "Love you better", you listen to it once then cringe every replay, and it leaves you thinking what's the point.. But you've got to understand the song with the lyrics up in front of you, then close your eyes to the alternative section near the end where the guitar twine in-between each other and create the most beautiful noise ever to come out of a Marshall 1000w amp reinforced by the weak-at-your-knees Orlando vocals, but the more you listen the more genius it becomes.

      Throw away "can you give it" and you've got yourself an inspirational album if given a chance. The vibe on the 2nd half of the album, "Dinosaurs, Kiss & Resolve, William Powers, Bag of Bones & Seventeen Hands", makes you wish you could sing in the way Orlando sings.

      it's one of those albums that seriously grows and needs to be listened through some in-ear headphones to block all sound. But when it does grow on you so much, you instantly become bored of it, untill you hear it again a few years later...

      Much love for the Maccabees xx

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      04.08.2009 22:27
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      I think this is a truley beautiful album that everyone should own.

      The Maccabees are back with a fantastic new album. Wall of arms is the follow up to thier debut album colour it in, although it's not as catchy from start to finish as thier first album theres no denying a new sence of maturity in the bands writing. At a first listen this album may seem somewhat tame compared to the upbeat fast pace of the first album, but what at times it may miss in that feet tapping pop appeal it more than makes up for with a whole new charm of its own. But before you go thinking that all has changed in the wonderful world of the Maccabees dont worry underneath there still the same band we all know and love. All the wit and clever little lines that really make the band special are still there, but they've stepped it up to a whole new level. I wouldn't say that this album has any week points but it certainly has those few stand-out tracks including title track wall of arms, no kind words and fan favorate young lions. Definitely one of the albums of the year so far!

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      13.07.2009 14:31
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      Not that good, not that bad

      Wall of Arms is the most recent album by Brighton-based indie band The Maccabees, I have to say that I haven't heard their first so will be unable to compare to the two in terms of style and quality. The vocals tend to sound like a rather high pitch Morrissey at times but are not that limited and tend to vary over different tracks - it's quite cabaretish in a Divine Comedy way on the title-track. My mind isn't fully made up on the vocals, sometimes I like singer Orlando's voice and at other times find it painfully irritating because it's a bit frantic and whiney like David Baker (Mercury Rev) breaking down at a funeral.

      Musically, its fairly standard indie with hints of keyboard used at times, some songs are relatively jolly and upbeat whilst others are a little more melancholy, overall there is a good mix of tunes and it's generally quite approachable - typical radio music really. It's far from a classic album but is one of the better indie releases so far this year, however I get the feeling it will fade away fairly quickly.

      The track Dinosaurs seems to borrow from Coldplay and water down the music a little bit, making it seem add to the fairly average indie feel this band have. All it has going for it is that it consists of simple tunes that are usually not too depressing! I wouldn't rush out to buy it though.

      "Love You Better"
      "One Hand Holding"
      "Can You Give It?"
      "Young Lions"
      "Wall of Arms"
      "No Kind Words"
      "Dinosaurs"
      "Kiss and Resolve"
      "William Powers"
      "Seventeen Hands"
      "Bag of Bones"

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      12.07.2009 21:03
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      not bad

      This is a good album for the lads to gear up to before they go out on a Saturday night - it is fast paced and happy - but it is not a masterpiece.

      Wall of Arms, The Maccabees second album is not something that is going to make you sit back and say wow, but it is pleasant.

      The band is reminiscent of the sounds of The Strokes, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

      The singer Orlando Weeks is probably the most unique sounding member of the band, but the music is otherwise just another in a long line of standard indie bands.

      The words to the songs are almost indecipherable and hopefully aren't that important because you would need to look up the text on google to figure out what they are saying.

      The album is also a little short for my liking at 37 mins 24 seconds.

      The track "No kind words" is one standout with nice loud bass, which I enjoy, and cool time changes.

      Not too bad for the price on Amazon, but don't go crazy for it.

      TRACK LIST:

      Love you better
      One hand holding
      Can you give it
      Young lions
      Wall of Arms
      No Kind Words
      Dinosaurs
      Kiss and Resolve
      William Powers
      Seventeen hands
      Bag of Bones

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Love You Better - The Maccabees, Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier, Kelly Pratt, Jon Natchez, Bob Ludwig
    2 One Hand Holding - Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier, Ewan Davies, Bob Ludwig
    3 Can You Give It - The Maccabees, Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier, Kelly Pratt, Bob Ludwig
    4 Young Lions - Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier, Kelly Pratt, Jon Natchez, Bob Ludwig
    5 Wall Of Arms - Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier, Kelly Pratt, Jon Natchez, Bob Ludwig
    6 No Kind Words / Bag Of Bones Part A - The Maccabees, Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Bob Ludwig, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier
    7 Dinosaurs - Orlando Weeks, The Maccabees, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier, Kelly Pratt, Jon Natchez, Bob Ludwig
    8 Kiss And Resolve - The Maccabees, Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier, Bob Ludwig
    9 William Powers - The Maccabees, Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, Ewan Davies, François Chevallier, Bob Ludwig
    10 Seventeen Hands - The Maccabees, Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier, Bob Ludwig
    11 Bag Of Bones - The Maccabees, Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis, Sam Doyle, Markus Dravs, Ruadhri Cushnan, François Chevallier, Kelly Pratt, Jon Natchez, Bob Ludwig