ALBUM REVIEW: The Ninth Wave – Heavy Like A Headache | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 11.03.22





The Ninth Wave were better established in the music scene before they were fully established in themselves. The sophomore record is the first with this solid four person line-up, and this cohesion shows in the confidence with which this music is presented.

With a new introspective slant, Heavy Like A Headache is gentler than previous entries to an already diverse catalogue. They’ve smoothed many of the rough edges in the Glasgow group’s earlier work – although while they shun genre, forgoing those punkish elements that made The Ninth Wave interesting to begin with just to avoid categorisation leaves things a little lacklustre. Yet the passion for creativity and storytelling is ever-present, and it makes repeated listening irresistible. Not flawless, but still hauntingly beautiful.


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