Wild World by Bastille

bastille-wild-world-compressedInformation: Wild World by Bastille is an album that was released in 2016 by Virgin Records.

Summary: Wild World was released in 2016 to kick off their Wild, Wild World Tour. Bastille is an upbeat band with lyrics that are mostly relationships and daily struggles. This particular album has an ambiguous subject for its songs. Many songs direct to the anger and disappointment of today’s political climate. With such polarizing elections and voting decisions being made around the world, Bastille has become the voice of many with this new album.  

Critical Evaluation: Wild World is a beautiful album, put together with countless science fiction, literature, and other pop culture references. This album shows how so many of these subjects can shape how we see our world today. With a mixture of piano, drums, and acoustics, Bastille takes their fans on the ultimate ride of today’s political climate.  

Readers Annotation: Wild World is a music cd by the band Bastille. It is the second complete album that covers the major political struggles and emotional distress of the world.

Author’s Information: Bastille debuted in July 2010 with their limited edition 7″ single that featured the two tracks “Flaws” and “Icarus”. Released through London-based independent record label Young & Lost Club, only 300 copies were pressed. One of those copies found its way into the hands of Alex Baker, presenter of the unsigned/independent artists radio show on Kerrang! Radio. Baker immediately started heavily supporting Bastille on air, and the band began to find an audience. This was followed by the self-release of the EP Laura Palmer later in 2011. After debuting further tracks online through sites such as YouTube and MySpace, the band’s audience started to grow. In December 2011 Smith signed a contract with Virgin Records. The group subsequently secured a few support slots, most notably Year of the Fox, and later performed at major UK festivals including Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight, Redfest Reading and Leeds Festival and Blissfields. The band also recorded and released a two part mix-tape titled Other People’s Heartache for free (Bastille).

Genre: Indiepop and Electricpop

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Reading Level/ Age Interest: Grades 9-12 and Ages 15-18

Challenge Issues: Language

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Wild World is a great example of expressing concern, care, and other emotions about important issues through art, like music. It is something teens can not only relate to, but also look up to as a role model to emulate when trying to find a way to express themselves.

Other recommendations like this album include: Cleopatra by The Lumineers, High Violet by The National, and Ceremonials by Florence and the Machine.

Active Listening Skills

  • Remain calm
  • Listen thoughtfully and carefully to any arguments for the collection
  • Engage in a discussion that considers every concern, even if you do not agree

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  • Positive Reviews: NME
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Why I chose this album: Wild World is the perfect example why all libraries should include music. Bastille is a great role model for self expression and questioning important issues through art.


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