AOTY 2019

My Mind Makes Noises

Pale Waves - My Mind Makes Noises
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #623 / 736
User Score
Based on 96 ratings
2018 Ratings: #983
September 14, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dirty Hit, Interscope / Label
Pop Rock, Synthpop / Genres
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It’s not challenging the bleeding edge, or attempting to make huge statements about the world around it. It’s a personal document on a grand scale - a collection of doubts and dreams exploding onto the biggest possible stage.

The Line of Best Fit

These young Mancunians have perfected what makes pop such an addictive, essential genre, and My Mind Makes Noises is both immediate and idiosyncratic. Pale Waves’ presence may be gloomy, but their songwriting and ambition could not be brighter.


For all their goth rock exterior, ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ is ultimately a pop record with substance at its core.


The Manchester band moves from cult concern to the big leagues with an impressive, deft debut.

God Is in the TV

Sure, the lyrics might need a bit of polishing, but this is a strong debut from a band who understood the beauty of a POP song.

Like anyone enjoying the early rush of romance, this kind of music can feel silly with hindsight. But if you're willing to have yourself transported back to a time when you felt similarly, Pale Waves will do all the heavy lifting.

A sensational singles band, the sheer adrenalin rush of Pale Waves’ outsider pop benefits from the depth offered by the full-length format on stellar debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’.

Northern Transmissions
Pale Waves latest offering seems so content to just make pop with lyrics offering the only sense of something original that they make something decent but forgettable.
The Observer

They’ll probably be the last, following their US twin band Muna and their labelmates The 1975, to get away with this particular production sound, and 14 tracks stretches the hooks a little thin, but My Mind Makes Noises boasts pop craft to rival big-money production teams, and much better eyeliner to boot.

The Independent
Pale Waves are the victims of a music industry desperate to assert “the next big thing” in a climate where fans are more about discovery than having something forced down their throats.
It’s fine to be influenced by one particular band, but they need to find their own voice or risk being known as little more than The 1975’s pale imitators.
The Guardian

The super-hyped Manchester quartet have some nice melodies, but can’t yet craft songs – and you’ll need to be a heartsick emo teenager to endure the lyrics.

No Ripcord

From their aesthetic, you’d expect Pale Waves’ debut album to be a modern goth revival. But it will take less than a minute into Eighteen to dissuade you of that notion. This is a pure pop record, through and through. There’s plenty of great pop music out there. However, Pale Waves fall short.

For the first 3 tracks I thought I had one song on loops
It is absolutely offensive that this band tries to take on a Gothic aesthetic while making music songs that would not feel out of place on a Taylor Swift album. This soulless cash grab of an album was even worse than i was expecting, and i came in with very low expectations after their EP. Everything about this album is so recycled and generic, its such an absolutely excruciating and tedious listen where the only thing i could think the whole time is "how long until it ends"? It's ... read more
Pale Waves manage to improve upon their failure of an EP earlier this year, but not by much. Songs are for the most part boring due to how similar they are to one another, leading to the dread of "when will this thing end". Also, nothing feels new. The 1975 and numerous other bands have already made all of these songs before. That being said, when Pale Waves actually try a little harder, they create some truly fun and interesting songs. Television Romance and Karl stand out because ... read more
The songs are not as bad as I am rating this album but holy heck this is such a boring album. It sounds generic and just like The 1975 ( which isn't exactly a good thing). It's so safe and dull. I stopped caring after the third song which was genuinebly horrible. Maybe one of the worst I've heard all year.

Favorite Tracks: I don't even know, they all sound bad

Least Favorite Tracks: Noises
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Track List

  1. Eighteen
  2. There’s a Honey
  3. Noises
  4. Came In Close
  5. Loveless Girl
  6. Drive
  7. When Did I Lose It All
  8. She
  9. One More Time
  10. Television Romance
  11. Red
  12. Kiss
  13. Black
  14. Karl (I Wonder What It’s Like To Die)
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