Two Dancers

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Two Dancers
Studio album by Wild Beasts
Released 3 August 2009
Recorded Ledders Farm, Norfolk, January 2009
Genre Indie rock, art rock, dream pop
Length 37:26
Label Domino
Producer Richard Formby, Wild Beasts
Wild Beasts chronology
Limbo, Panto
(2008)
Two Dancers
(2009)
Smother
(2011)
Singles from Two Dancers
  1. "Hooting & Howling"
    Released: 20 July 2009
  2. "All the King's Men"
    Released: 5 October 2009
  3. "We Still Got the Taste Dancin' on Our Tongues"
    Released: 22 March 2010

Two Dancers is the second studio album by British indie rock band Wild Beasts. It was released on 3 August 2009 in the UK on Domino Records, with a US release on 8 September. The track "Hooting and Howling" was released as the album's first single on 20 July. Two Dancers was very well received by critics.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Boston Phoenix 3/4 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
NME (9/10)[5]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[6]
PopMatters (8/10)[7]
Slant 4.5/5 stars[8]
The Times 5/5 stars[9]

Aggregating website Metacritic reports a "universal acclaim" rating of 83% from notable critics. Pitchfork Media said, "Wild Beasts certainly aren't the first rock band to stand up society's dregs and outcasts, but few others immortalize them on such a wondrous, mythic scale." Drowned in Sound stated, "Two Dancers, then, doesn't so much follow up their debut as announce Wild Beasts as one of our genuinely special bands, one that can compete—in terms of both musical and lyrical ingenuity as well as sheer pop nous—with any US act you've seen talked up in the music press this year."

In 2010, Two Dancers was nominated for the Mercury Prize, which was subsequently won by the xx.

The album was also included in the 2011 edition of the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Drowned in Sound UK Top 50 Albums of 2009 2009 #8
The Fly UK Best Albums of 2009 2009 #1
The Guardian UK Top albums of 2009 2009 #3
NME UK Albums of the Year 2009 #4
Pitchfork Media USA The Top 50 Albums of 2009 2009 #22
Q UK 50 best albums of 2009 2009 #41
The Sunday Times UK The top 100 albums of 2009 2009 #5
NME UK Best Albums of the Decade 2009 #42

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Fun Powder Plot" – 5:35
  2. "Hooting & Howling" – 4:35
  3. "All the King's Men" – 3:59
  4. "When I'm Sleepy" – 2:09
  5. "We Still Got the Taste Dancin' on Our Tongues" – 4:35
  6. "Two Dancers (i)" – 4:06
  7. "Two Dancers (ii)" – 2:37
  8. "This Is Our Lot" – 4:32
  9. "Underbelly" – 1:54
  10. "Empty Nest" – 3:24
  11. "Through the Iron Gate" (iTunes bonus track) – 5:37

Personnel[edit]

  • Hayden Thorpe – lead vocals (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11), backing vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, production
  • Tom Fleming – lead vocals (tracks 3, 6, 7, 10), backing vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, production
  • Ben Little – lead guitar, production
  • Chris Talbot – drums, backing vocals, production
  • Richard Formby – production, engineering
  • David Pye – engineering
  • Lexxx – mixing
  • Russell Fawcus – assistance

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 193
UK Albums Chart[11] 68

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Two Dancers − Wild Beasts". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Patrick Brady, Michael (9 September 2009). "Review: Wild Beasts | Two Dancers". The Phoenix. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Webb, Rob (3 August 2009). "Album Review: Wild Beasts − Two Dancers". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis (31 July 2009). "Wild Beasts: Two Dancers". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Mackay, Emily (31 July 2009). "Album review: Wild Beasts - 'Two Dancers'". NME. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Berman, Stuart (31 August 2009). "Wild Beasts: Two Dancers". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Baynes, Chris (8 September 2009). "Wild Beasts: Two Dancers". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Pareti, Andy (18 August 2009). "Wild Beasts: Two Dancers". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  9. ^ The Times review (subscription required)
  10. ^ "Wild Beasts – Two Dancers". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Wild Beasts" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 January 2014.