Friday, 2 December 2011

The Maccabees - Pelican

“In the end nothing comes easy”. This certainly isn’t true for The Maccabees who manage effortlessly brilliant, and damn nice guys at the same time begging the question, How do they even do it? 'Pelican', the first single from new album ‘Given To The Wild’ is punchy and dazzling – The Maccabees at their best. It has the lyrical tenderness of songs from ‘Wall Of Arms’ and the spiky bursts of guitar similar to those from their debut.  For me, it’s like a matured version of ‘All In Your Rows’. The vocals harmonise beautifully, and 'Pelican' builds and falls at perfect points, creating a roller-coaster of a feel-good song. ‘Pelican’ will without a doubt become a live favourite, and has already been well-received at previous dates. If the rest of the album is as good as ‘Pelican’, success for The Maccabees looks as if it’ll come as easy as 1-2-3.

By Hannah Bettey

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