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Two Dancers

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Two Dancers album cover
The Fun Powder Plot
Hooting & Howling
All The King's Men
When I'm Sleepy...
We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues
Two Dancers (i)
Two Dancers (ii)
This Is Our Lot
Empty Nest
Through The Iron Gate (album only bonus track)
Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 43:16

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I've been obsessed


A friend gave me this album a couple years ago and I've listened to it at least once a week, oftentimes more, ever since. I've basked in the entire album for that time and finally a favorite has emerged: "This Is Our Lot." I think catching that one live at Coachella this year sealed the deal. I love the lyrics, the voice, the music. My wife scoffed at them, saying they were ripping off Antony and the Johnsons, but the music on Antony's albums isn't anywhere near as catchy. I really hope their best is yet to come.

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Digging it.


A great sophomore album. No surprise these fellows were nominated for the Mercury Prize. Their sound is original. Give it a listen. "We Still Have the Taste Dancing on Our Tongues" is one of my personal favorites.

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i don't like donkeys either, well not really


when we were kids, my brother liked frankenberry while i preferred count chocula. we got into fights about it. i wore plain brown loafers while he wore pink high heeled boots. i missed out on antony, jeff buckley, and, now, i can't bring myself to press the download button no matter all these aaawwwsome reviews. did you notice led zeppelin magically appeared on emusic today? i began the day hating god, but now i'm rethinking that.

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Falsetto Count Chocula


I feel like these guys should wear red leather high heeled boots when they sing. It's OK. If you always wanted to hear a guy sing in girly-boy falsetto "this is a booty call" and then transition seamlessly into a Count-Chocula-transy- lvani- - an accent while he belts out, "with courage conviction" and then something about "donkey addiction," then this is the album for you. Also - these guys are really into donkeys.

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Rich, Playful, Serious, Grating


I really like this album for it's quirkiness that still holds itself together. I can see how one person might call this album "unlistenable" and yet someone like me can love it. It's difficult to really describe the way it's playful, ridiculous, with its weird lyrics and yet it can sound so serious at times. Best track: "Hooting And Howling"

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I'm working on it


It's an intelligent record overall. I want the singing to work more for me.

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I heard the song Two Dancers on a radio show and loved it...... Until I realized that it sounded exactly like several Editors songs. And that was why I liked it. Oh well.

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Enjoyanble, but...


It's not something I could listen to on a regular basis; it gets tiring.

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Limbo, Panto is much much better


Limbo, Panto was one of my favorite albums of the year, top 3 material. Which is why i was ecstatic for this one. However, this seems like a hit and miss, with only tracks 2 and 3, namely 3, being great. The album doesn't do what I loved about the last, which is build up to a euphoric ending. It's just not as catchy or fun either. I suggest getting Limbo, Panto, and tracks 2 and 3 off here.

They Say All Music Guide

A more polished, cohesive second album might not have been expected from the Wild Beasts, but then again, their debut didn’t exactly play by the rules either. Limbo, Panto was a particularly apt title for the band’s first album: its songs were nearly as disjointed — often fascinatingly so — as they were theatrical. That can’t be said of Two Dancers, which sounds far more inviting; it sighs and caresses where Limbo, Panto stomped and snarled. “The Fun Powder Plot” signals the Wild Beasts’ big changes right away: guitars chime over intricate percussion and keyboards, and Hayden Thorpe’s falsetto, once the most divisive instrument in the band’s arsenal, is smooth instead of raging. The song is actually pretty, a word that rarely described Limbo, Panto’s hyperactive cabaret experiments. The rest of Two Dancers follows the lead of its opening track, and at first, the band’s more abrasive side is missed — listeners almost expect to be bombarded with a challenge after the debut’s stunts. Instead, the Wild Beasts’ previously only hinted-at pop leanings come to the fore. “Hooting & Howling” manages to sound accessible and very little like any other bands at the same time (though Antony and the Johnsons and early Suede still feel like kindred spirits). Even the Wild Beasts’ philosophy seems clearer here — while Two Dancers isn’t a concept album (though Thorpe described it as “a collection of scenes”), there is a definite arc in how the songs relate to each other. Desire and sensual pleasures fuel these stories about eating, dreaming, stealing, and carousing, from “All the King’s Men”‘s flirtations to the libertine exploits of “We Still Got the Taste Dancin’ on Our Tongues,” a spooky, spaghetti Western-tinged track with lyrics like “Trousers and blouses make excellent sheets.” However, hedonism’s violent side and its consequences aren’t forgotten amidst all the romance, and the album gets darker and more brooding as it unfolds. With Two Dancers, the Wild Beasts move from fascinating to accomplished, and that they did so just over a year after releasing Limbo, Panto makes that achievement all the more impressive. – Heather Phares

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