Bastille hits Album of Year contention with ‘Wild World’

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 10:44 PM
Bastille hits Album of Year contention with ‘Wild World’ by Dakota Palmer

The British indie band-gone- big Bastille recently released their second studio album “Wild World.” The album is full of meaningful lyrics, great instrumentals and fantastic songs worth every penny.

Bastille — consisting of lead singer Dan Smith, bassist William Farquarson, drummer Chris Wood and keyboardist Kyle Simmons — came together on “Wild World” to produce an album that immediately reveals the band’s growth. The band’s first album, “Bad Blood” was a great introduction to Bastille and their sound. With hits such as “Pompeii” and “Bad Blood,” the second album had a pretty tough act to follow.

Bastille starts their newest off strong with “Good Grief.” Released as the first single from the album in June, it hit number 14 on Billboard’s U.S. Hot Rock Songs. The song is upbeat with keyboard riffs, drum solos and great vocals that create a sense of happiness.

The album slows down with the song “An Act of Kindness,” which sounds like it could belong on the band’s first LP, since much of that tracklisting is slower, calmer. This song creates a good balance on the album between happiness and sadness.

Arguably the best song on the album, “Send Them Off !,” shows the new era of the band, with a killer bass line to begin the track. The rest of the verse has a slow build to the greatness that is the chorus.

Smith’s talented vocal skills truly come into play here, as we hear his ability to sing vibratos and falsettos. As the song breaks down, we hear a signature trumpet riff that’s present in the rest of the song; however, in the bridge, the riff is definitely more prominent, making one want
to know how the last minute of the song could possibly be any better than the first two.

Finally, we hear the song “Blame,” which starts off with a guitar riff that sounds like a combination of Arctic Monkeys and Black Sabbath. The song has an odd darkness to it, both comforting and mysterious, as the song takes on the topic of being blamed in a toxic relationship. The song is a great addition to the album, as it contrasts with the other upbeat songs on the record in order to create great variety.

“Wild World” is one of the best albums of 2016. Between Smith’s vocals, the great lyrics, the fantastic instrumentals and the overall good vibe the album gives off, this certainly has the potential to generate a lot of success for the already successful band.

As Bastille progresses through its musical career, I can only hope that their next few albums will be just as great as this one.

Standout tracks: “Send Them Off!,” “Blame” & “Fake It” 

Dakota Palmer is the voices editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at

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