Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life
Wolf Alice crashed onto the scene a mere two years ago with a freshness that's been all too rare from guitar bands over the last twenty years. Not only was their music intense and focused but they had a bonafide rock star as a frontwoman. Yes Ellie Rowsell has attitude, personality, and that special, intangible something. A short two years on we find out whether the quartet are a flash in the pan or the band we need in 2017.
If lead single 'Yuk Foo' was any indicator you'd be expecting something pretty hardcore, but really, you'd be wrong. Visions Of A Life is grown up and confident, its moments of short sharp punk like that lead track and 'Space & Time' are followed by the funky burst of groove that is 'Beautifully Unconventional' and shoegaze-y 'Sadboy'. Musically its a varied bag with the Londoners dropping stadium ready, but still unmistakably Wolf Alice, tunes like 'Don't Delete The Kisses' and stream of thought lyric heavy tracks like 'Sky Musings'. Thrillingly they're all successful.
It goes without saying that this is the most exciting guitar album that 2017 will hear, it's creative and risky, and a leap forward lyrically and musically from 2015's My Love Is Cool. As important as Rowsell has been to establishing Wolf Alice the rest of the band show their worth again here, bringing depth, quality, and the sound of a bloody good band to the party. Album of the year? Quite possibly.