ALBUM REVIEW: Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 29.09.17







Wolf Alice’s evolution from folk-punk upstarts to fully-blown alternative rock band is wholly organic.

Fluffy and Moaning Lisa Smile’s roaring urgency showed a band with huge ambition and intensity. But Visions of a Life’s raucous lead single Yuk Fu is slight red herring.

Tracks like Heavenward, Planet Hunter and the utterly majestic Sky Musings take the band on an altogether different sonic plain to 2015’s debut My Love Is Cool.

Ellie Rowsell’s versatile vocals switch from spoken word whispers (Formidable Cool) and biting punk yells (Space & Time), to soaring, angelic pronouncements (After The Zero Hour).

As well as flexing big riff muscles, Visions of a Life references dreamy shoegaze and the shiniest reaches of synth pop with stunning results.

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