Life of Pause

Wild Nothing - Life of Pause
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2016 Ratings: #605 / 878
User Score
Based on 146 ratings
2016 Ratings: #559
February 19, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
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Dream Pop, Indie Pop / Genres
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It’s not an album that slopes along, resting on its laurels. More an album that demands repeated listens, at times creates confusion, and juts from one influence to the next.


Life of Pause might have provided an opportune moment to veer left off course into the unknown, but the album doesn’t chase after new horizons so much as it absorbs their reflection into Wild Nothing’s fondly familiar dream pop bubble.


Compared to the low-key and at times melancholic Nocturne, Life Of Pause is a rich and expansive step up that balances the old and the new perfectly to create Wild Nothing’s best album yet.

NOW Magazine

His effortless melodies and hooks continue to set him apart on this third album, which absorbs musical references such as Paul Simon, Philly soul and R&B ... without pushing him too far from his core jangle-pop aesthetic.


All the good stuff is still here, one might just have to do a little digging, hang in through a couple listens, and then the songs on Life of Pause will begin to connect with the head and the heart.


With tracks so vivid they can practically be tasted, Wild Nothing have lost none of the ability to put a daze upon the senses.

The 405

Flashy records are always exciting, but the merits of a solidly constructed and alluringly dreamy album like Life of Pause should never be underestimated.


Such confident, experimental songwriting points to a rebirth for Wild Nothing, and means ‘Life Of Pause’ can be considered alongside indie records like Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s ‘Multi-Love’.

Under The Radar

While Tatum's attempts at candor are sometimes at odds with his sonic ambitions, this tension lends Life of Pause's strongest moments an unexpected layer of emotional immediacy.


Confident, intimate, and weirdly glammy, Life of Pause is worth taking five for.

The Line of Best Fit

Life Of Pause might not exactly square up to Nocturne when it comes to out of focus, bittersweet euphoria, but it is a blisteringly honest narrative.

No Ripcord

You leave this record thinking about how complex and refined it is, or maybe about how much Jack Tatum has grown as a songwriter. But at the end of the day, the album doesn’t embed itself into your daily life in the way Nocturne or Gemini did.


Life of Pause is a very good record that pleases more than it impresses, but Tatum's constant pursuit of new sounds suggests there may be even greater things come on his next release.

Consequence of Sound

While Life of Pause won’t let you settle in and get comfortable so easily, it also doesn’t present the most convincing case that it can reward the patience it requests.


There is no moment that truly grabs you, no emotional climax, no reason to truly care. Life of Pause is a straight, albeit funky, line.

The Skinny

Perhaps it isn't quite a fully realised picture, but Life of Pause still paints a very pretty sonic landscape.

The Guardian

Spacey vocals low in the mix and a slowed-heartrate pace mean much of the third album by Jack Tatum’s indie outfit feels like a half-remembered dream.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Life of Pause is certainly different on an aesthetic level, acting as a departure from the indie/dream/goth pop 80s concoction many of us have come to love and expect from Wild Nothing.


Despite the monotonous elements, there are no actual bad songs on here; in fact, fans of Wild Nothing will find this to be at least suitable background music while writing essays for philosophy classes or filling out their Starbucks job application.

Pretty Much Amazing

It likely won’t be topping anyone’s charts this year, but it’ll get spins from people who like smartly crafted, catchy indie background pop.

Drowned in Sound

It is hard to criticise such a well-crafted, enjoyable album that appears to have been made specifically with someone like me in mind. The thing is that in six weeks’ time it will be even harder to remember it.

EDIT: There's some success found with the ambitious production, but the songwriting is just too bland to save this for me. 'A Woman's Wisdom' especially has awful lyrics and vocals and I just noticed that the title track has the exact same hook as Foxygen's 'How Can You Really.'

Life of Pause is another one of those recent albums that seems to pander to the Urban Outfitters crowd, but it still manages to be yet another success for all the ambitious qualities offered and the way they're ... read more
A Woman's Wisdom
-TV Queen
There's nothing really bad or tremendously great about Wild Nothing's sophomore album. Production is overall fine, we get a diverse feeling and instrumentation, but the vocals are so plain, like they never change or excite me in a particular way. I kinda felt like a roller coaster here, we get a nice track, then we get a mediocre one and it goes like that forever. It's pretty damn forgettable, BUT I'll admit the songs I did like, are very enjoyable.

Fav tracks: Reichpop, Life of Pause, To Know ... read more
A bland dream pop album destined to be played at chic retail outfits nationwide. Although meticulously produced, expertly crafting mediocrity only nets a well-made, but poorly conceived, album--and that album is "Life of Pause".

Notable Songs: "Japanese Alice"; "To Know You"; "Adore"
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Track List

  1. Reichpop
  2. Lady Blue
  3. A Woman's Wisdom
  4. Japanese Alice
  5. Life of Pause
  6. Alien
  7. To Know You
  8. Adore
  9. TV Queen
  10. Whenever I
  11. Love Underneath My Thumb
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