The Edge’s Top 10 Albums of 2012: #3


The Maccabees – Given To The Wild

Released 9th January 2012, Fiction Records

The Maccabees make a triumphant return with Given To The Wild, the band’s third studio album, gaining a 9/10 rating from NME, Clash and The Fly. Hailing singles including ‘Pelican’, ‘Feel To Follow’, ‘Went Away’ and ‘Ayla’, the record got to number four in the UK album chart.


  • 19% of contributors included the album in their top ten
  • Of those, 100% ranked the album in their top three
  • Ranked the album of the year by two contributors

Megan Downing, Edge Live Editor (ranked the album #1):

The Maccabees third studio album ‘Given To The Wild’ is beautifully crafted. As a die hard fan I fully understand the progression achieved between the three albums and Given To The Wild shows The Maccabees at their maturest and, in my opinion, at their best. It is how an album should sound, with an introduction (Given To The Wild intro) and one song neatly progressing into the next; it feels like a body of work rather than a collection of singles.

George Edwards, Edge reader (ranked the album #2):

I was not a massive fan of The Maccabees, but this album changed everything! It is the most atmospheric album I have heard in a long while. It manages to combine catchy songs like ‘Pelican’ with really beautiful slower tracks such as ‘Forever I’ve Known’. Undoubtedly one of my favourite albums of the year.

Other accolades:

  • Ranked #6 on NME’s “Albums of the Year” list
  • Ranked #5 on The Fly’s “Top 50 Albums of 2012” list
  • Ranked #11 on DIY’s “Top Albums of 2012” list


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