Who Am I?

Pale Waves - Who Am I?
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #463 / 506
User Score
Based on 318 ratings
2021 Ratings: #610
Liked by 11 people
February 12, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dirty Hit / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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Pale Waves have delivered an excellent second album with ‘Who Am I?’. If you haven’t discovered them yet, there’s no better time than now.

‘Who Am I?’ is a lot of things. It’s a pop record from the recent past, an album that looks deep within but projects strongly outwards too. But what it most certainly isn’t is a one-trick pony. Pale Waves were always better than that.

A triumphant return that thrives on intimacy, and emotional transparency.

Personal awakenings are the driving force behind the Manchester group's second album, which was borne out of hardship that they never shy away from.


On their sophomore album, Pale Waves comes into their own with a whole new level of confidence.

Offering a musical love letter to the sounds of their youth and a torch for the queer youth, Pale Waves may not be the most original, inventive band in the world, but these songs are timeless; ‘Who Am I?’ could have come out at any point in the last 25 years and hit just as hard.
The Line of Best Fit

Who Am I? may be a sidestep on their journey to individuality — distancing themselves from comparisons to The 1975 by emulating Avril Lavigne isn’t exactly a foolproof plan — but for a band still early in their career, it’s another definite confirmation of their potential until they eventually carve out a niche of their own.

The Forty-Five
‘Who Am I?’ is an often thoughtful and moving listen, one that displays a band finding some much-needed comfort in the familiar.

You get the sense they’re still not quite certain who or what they want to be. But they’re definitely headed in the right direction.

Under The Radar

Pale Waves could have simply replicated the tried and tested sound of album one, but Who Am I feels like a much more honest representation of who they are.


The Manchester quartet is still stuck as an imitation act, but their love for 2000s-era singer-songwriter pop—and their star potential—comes through.

The Irish Times
Pale Waves should secure another top-10 hit and cement their position as one of the few current guitar bands that resonate with a young, 21st-century audience.
The Needle Drop

Pale Waves bring little more than the fundamentals on their sophomore album.

The Independent

Despite the album’s slick production and radio-ready melodies, one wishes Pale Waves could find a more sophisticated language to express youthful enlightenment.

Rolling Stone

These lovelorn English cliché jockeys offer a clunky mix of late-Nineties easy listening and 2000s emo pop.

instead of collaborating with a slew of producers for the various songs, as pale waves did on their first record, they work with one main producer for their second effort. this results in ‘who am i?’ being more consistent than ‘my mind makes noises’.

the 2021 record takes up less time than its predecessor, as the average track is much shorter this go around. the brevity aids the songs’ pop structure, as the instrumentation becomes more together and tight. ... read more
If the real Avril Lavigne were alive she’d be pissed right about now
“Who am I?” começa bem com 3 boas musicas mas depois da terceira faixa o álbum piora drasticamente com musicas superproduzidas e que parecem cópias de musica de outras bandas/cantores pop rock.

Não há quase nada de muito interessante aqui, a coisa que mais se destaca são os vocais, mas até nisso é um álbum sem identidade pois o tempo inteiro a vocalista parece tentar copiar o estilo de outros artistas.

Change-7.2/10 ... read more
You know one thing I've learned but it's not necessarily a rule?
Sometimes bands that have a bad/medium debut album and then the sophomore is great, the future is usually promising.
Pale Waves are a group that I discovered two years ago randomly on a youtube ad and suddenly fell in love with their song 'Television Romance', some time passed and after I got stuck on the replay with the one, they debuted and I got REALLY disappointed cause the album was trash honestly.
I guess they finally ... read more
The UK Pop Rock band Pale Waves sophomore album 'Who Am I?' tries to do what a lot of other artists in recent memory have been doing and attempts to bring a nostalgic sound to the modern music landscape... but it lacks in many ways. The band attempt to bring the mid 2000's to the early 2020's with pop rock influences from the likes of Avril Lavigne and to some degree Paramore but where other artists added their own spin, fresh ideas and great performances, Pale Waves boils it down into a ... read more
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Added on: November 10, 2020