Bastille: Wild World review – wholesome arena pop

(Virgin EMI)

With their muted electronic beats and rousing, arena-friendly choruses, Bastille are the archetypal modern pop band and, judging by the sales of their debut album, Bad Blood, a future headline act on Glastonbury’s main stage. The quartet’s second set is, unsurprisingly, not a million miles from their first, though this time singer and songwriter Dan Smith tackles global politics rather than growing up. The best track, The Currents, rails against Farage and Trump, its venomous riff compensating for the mundane words (“I can’t believe the scary points you make”). Elsewhere, though, for all the “woah-oh-oh”s and snippets of dialogue from 1980s films, Wild World is too wholesome to generate real thrills.


Paul Mardles

The GuardianTramp

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