Review: Having announced the decision to disband towards the end of last year, Wild Beasts are going out with a bang on this collection of session recordings that accompany a final burst of live shows. Recorded at RAK Studios The set covers material from all five of the band's acclaimed albums, that perhaps owing to their imminent closure, are played with a heightened freedom, immediacy and tightness. The renditions of '2BU', 'He The Colossus', and closer 'Celestial Creatures' stand out as some of the best versions the band have recorded, and singer Hayden Thorpe's soaring and diving vocals stand out and glow on this final foray. 'Last Night All My Dreams Came True' is a polished set, and a fitting swansong for one of the most well-loved bands on the British indie scene.
Review: Having made their name as modern-day aesthetes with a series of records that meld the cerebral and the physical with style, 'Boy King' appears to be the point in which the Will Beasts allow their id to run rampant in a way befitting their name. Recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent) it shows them heading towards a notably more aggressive, electronic and masculine sound, at once influenced by the binary thump of Nine Inch Nails and the sonic brinksmanship of 'Yeezus' era Kanye West. Odder still, this gamble has more than paid off, and 'Boy King' is the sound of the band at their most vibrant and persuasive.