Wild Child
Expectations


3.0
good

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (104 Reviews)
February 11th, 2018 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: …and no fulfilment.

It is hard to categorise Wild Child into a specific group. They seem like either a band that is a few steps away from becoming truly stylistically complete, or a band that is a few years into being a shill copy of what they once used to be. But considering the fact that even on their fourth release they sound exactly the same, still slightly unintentionally fatigued and so soft it might actually hurt their music, the former be the truth.

And truth be told, Expectations has a solid reserve of decent tunes, pretty melodies and likeable instrumental work. However, that very softness that creates a sense of tiresomeness is what essentially drags this album down. Everything sounds like a mere idea of what it could be, had the band actually given its song-writing some punch. And while the songs like “Eggshells”, “Think It Over” or “Goodbye Goodnight” have that special growing power, but even then you’ll need at least a bulk of repeated listens to get into it. The only actually paying off cuts on here are “Expectations” and “My Town”.

If anything positive can be said about Expectations, it is undoubtedly the instrumental palette. The fact that this is a seven member collective is apparent through the amount of different brass or string sections that pop up. However, it still always comes down to the fact that the band plays it so softly and inoffensively that in the end all the potentially impressive instrumentation is drowned.

That is really it. There is hardly anything to talk about. Expectations is all about expectations indeed. You expect that smooth sax or trumpeting on the background to rise up and turn engrossing, but it simply remains still, until it’s stale, giving way to the breathy vocals and the muted rhythm section.



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Papa Universe
February 10th 2018


14264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

300 words exactly

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brainmelter
February 10th 2018


5395 Comments


succinct
but gatdamn you are a reviewing machine, whenever I get on I see like one or two of your revs on main page

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BlackwaterPork
February 11th 2018


3951 Comments


He has 3 fucking reviews on the front page

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Papa Universe
February 11th 2018


14264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And there's more where that came from.

ianblxdsoe
February 11th 2018


1847 Comments


the review train dont stop and neither does the pos train 👀

Papa Universe
February 11th 2018


14264 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bless you.



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