Bastille’s New Album Wild World Reviewed & Ranked

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BURBANK, CA – SEPTEMBER 06: Dan Smith of Bastille performs on stage at iHeartRadio Theater on September 6, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

British alt-pop band Bastille released their second studio album last Friday. Culturess reviews the ultra poppy Wild World.

When Bastille released Bad Blood three years ago (THREE!) they quickly became one of my favorite bands. Their signature sound is percussion-heavy (almost jungle beats, at times) with cut-to-the-quick lyrics and a lead singer that is unabashedly British- it’s interesting to the ear and to the mind.

So when a new single dropped a couple months ago (“Good Grief”), I was giddy with anticipation. But then I heard it, and my heart sunk. It was… okay. It was… poppy and anthemic, but without a lot of gusto and it was missing… something. Still, I waited patiently for the release of Wild World, and kept my mind open and my heart hopeful.

Wild World is exactly what is promises. It’s full of interesting tracks with interesting themes, and doesn’t disappoint. “Good Grief” is my least favorite track on the album, but in the context of the entire project, I don’t hate it.

“WILD WORLD” // 9th September // Pre-order on @applemusic from MIDNIGHT your time #WildWorld

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Take a look at my thoughts on the album, including the tracks ranked.

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