I guess the criticism for Given to the Wild is that the Maccabees, who apparently have been around for a while, basically abandoned whatever they originally were and made an album trying to sound like Coldplay or David Bowie. Probably a great criticism, but I’d never actually heard of the Maccabees until I heard this album. And damn it, I really do like Coldplay and David Bowie and Arcade Fire and whoever else they were imitating. I guess if you’re being all critical you can whine about it being derivative, but I’m not really a music critic. I just listen to stuff that sounds good to me and this meets that criterion.
Favorite Tracks: “Child,” “Heave,” “Pelican”