British indie-grunge band Wolf Alice rapidly made a name for themselves back in 2015 with their debut album, My Love Is Cool, which received rave reviews from almost every major music publication. They were brought onto a huge world tour supporting indie-rock legends, The 1975. With the release of their latest album, Visions of a Life, they have truly done it again. With the title of “Universal Acclaim” from Metacritic and a 5/5 rating from NME, there’s no doubt that this album is something special.
The first single released, “Yuk Foo,” is a heavy-hitter which left fans wondering which direction this new era of music would head in. Keeping true to their roots, Wolf Alice proved that they could tackle and own sounds from every corner of the spectrum, from heavy metal influences to soft, synthesizing ballads.
“Heavenward,” the opening track and a critic favorite, beautifully sets the tone for the rest of the album. Flowing right into “Yuk Foo,” it gives your listen a jolt of energy and excitement for what’s to come. The third track, and one of my personal favorites, “Beautifully Unconventional” is written about the classic film Heathers and is driven by guitar riffs you won’t be able to get out of your head. Next, the nostalgic, dreamy sounds of “Don’t Delete The Kisses” are yet another example of Wolf Alice’s mastery in handling any genre of music imaginable. Another memorable moment of the record is “Space & Time,” which features instrumentation reminiscent of Kings of Leon. The final, eponymous track, “Visions of a Life,” lasts nearly eight minutes and takes you on a journey just by listening.
It’s clear that this sophomore album all but disappoints. Nonstop perfect and near-perfect reviews from critics only make it clearer. 2017 is Wolf Alice’s year, and we’re all living in it.
By: Ana Gomez