Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent

Albums: The Last Dinner Party Prelude To Ecstasy

The Last Dinner Party Prelude To Ecstasy

Prelude To Ecstasy; Burn Alive; Caesar On A TV Screen; Feminine Urge; On Your Side; Beautiful Boy; Gjuha; Sinner; My Lady Of Mercy; Portrait; Nothing Matters, Mirror

Label: Island

Having only formed three years ago, The Last Dinner Party’s rise to acclaim has been rather swift. With only a handful of singles to their name, they have started 2024 as the most-hyped band break-out act. With a BRIT Award and the BBC Sound of 2024 crown already under their belt, the arrival of their debut album, Prelude To Ecstasy, is far more than just highly anticipated. Having captivated their audience with their lavish live shows and distinctive image, they arrive at their 12-song debut album on what seems like a winning wave.

Waves can crash and burn. This one, thankfully, doesn’t. The Last Dinner Party truly delivered on their debut effort. While nearly half of the songs in the collection have already been released as singles, it is interesting that within the context of the record, they feel stronger than before. Though there was a throughline in their sound, they were, as singles, very distinctive nuggets. Yet in the album, they feel like perfect pieces of a very well-constructed puzzle.

Prelude to Ecstasy is a bold release. From the epic instrumental prelude and Siouxsie Siouix flair of album opener Burn Alive through to the surprising subdued closer Mirror, The Last Dinner Party deliver big hit after big hit, but without ever feeling like they have replicated a sound already explored on the striking collection.

Though there are two key moments—Beautiful Boy and Feminine Urge—that shine a little brighter than the rest of the collection, this is an album that is elegant in its consumption.

The proof truly is in the pudding: Prelude to Ecstasy shows that The Last Dinner Party is worthy of all the buzz.