My Mind Makes Noises

Pale Waves - My Mind Makes Noises
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2018 Ratings: #727 / 841
User Score
Based on 140 ratings
2018 Ratings: #683
Liked by 1 person
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
"My Mind Makes Noises"
Pale Waves

Alright, I'll say it.
I like this album.
I realize its flaws and understand that its unoriginality was its downfall with critic and user reviews.
However, I get very emo to most of these songs. (It's a good feeling.)
So, I am no longer ashamed to admit that I like Pale Waves and I am looking forward to their upcoming record, "Who Am I?"
I trust that it will be a step up in quality, sonically and lyrically.
Thank you for not thinking ... read more
One of the worst things I've ever heard

Ever since I started making reviews, I have sometimes given use to the word "generic", each time I've used it, it has been to describe a track or album that really doesn't have anything special, nothing worth mentioning, nothing impressive or even remotely fun, it's just there, it exists, it sounds like everything else.

Now, I'm only mentioning this because the word generic has changed its meaning for me in just about 50 minutes, and now, I ... read more
I have a soft spot for this album. Does it sound like The 1975? Sure. Is it better than The 1975? Absolutely. It has all of the pure pop goodness with none of the pretentious twaddle that makes that band insufferable. It's simply a great pop record.
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
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Added on: August 22, 2018