Album Review
The Maccabees  Wall of ArmsThe Maccabees – Wall of Arms

Wall of Arms is The Maccabees second studio release, and instantly it's clear to hear that they've changed a lot since the epic Colour It In of 2007. The sound has matured significantly, and they're really not the same band they used to be.

Vocals and guitar alike are drowned in reverb and there's certainly a lot more atmosphere in this material than ever before.

Unfortunately, the quirky charm of Colour It In is lost on Wall of Arms. The clean cutting indie riffs have been replaced with reverbed maturity – and it's certainly more of an album you can sit down and try to appreciate without having to worry about wanting to jump around and sing along. But part of me still wants to believe that the Maccabees are all about jumping around and singing along.

“Can You Giving” is a realy strong track, vaguely retaining some of the earlier charm, and undoubtedly the champion track is the first single, “No Kind Words,” which features a deeper Orlando Weeks and slowly builds to a fast-paced finish.

Some tracks, such as the title track, have more of a country feel – and the whole album in general has broken away from the modern indie scene. There's something very folky about this new stuff...

All in all, this release from the London-cum-Brighton boys is a little disappointing. It's nice and all but, there's nothing to ensnare your senses and get you involved, it's very much a passive listening album.

One can hope it's a grower.


Review by Thom
 Band Members
The Maccabees - Band
Orlando Weeks (Vocals)
Hugo White (Guitar)
Felix White (Guitar, /Vocals)
Rupert Jarvis (Bass)
Robert Dylan Thomas (Drums)
 Track Listing
1. Love You Better
2. One Hand Holding
3. Can You Give It?
4. Young Lions
5. No Kind Words
6. Wall Of Arms
7. Dinosaurs
8. Kiss And Resolve
9. William Powers
10. 17 Hands
11. Bag Of Bones
 Band Related Links
The Maccabees Myspace
The Maccabees Official Website
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?