Viola Beach

Viola Beach - Viola Beach
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Based on 6 reviews
2016 Ratings: #449 / 763
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Based on 20 ratings
July 29, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fuller Beans / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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‘Viola Beach’ is not the debut album they would have made, but it’s the only legacy they’ll leave; you’re glad that it exists but, at the same time, you wish it didn’t have to.

The Line of Best Fit

There’s an exuberance to the entire record that feels genuine and fresh, like it was captured unexpectedly.


Despite the haunting narrative tied to the album, Viola Beach remains the sound of youth, hope, and possibility.

Drowned in Sound

Despite the unavoidable, unbearable sadness of its context Viola Beach is best celebrated for its lightness.


Viola Beach’s story is very much unfinished, and regrettably it must remain so. That they produced these nine tracks—average at times, but always well-structured and ear catching—within just two years makes the whole affair even more catastrophic.

Pretty poor
First of all, Rest in Peace. Secondly, this album is a great testament to the lads that unfortunately lost their lives in Sweden.

1. Swings and Waterslides - 8.0
2. Like A Fool - 7.0
3. Go Outside - 9.5
4. Cherry Vimto - 8.0
5. Drunk - 10
6. Really Wanna Call - 4.0
7. Call You Up - 10
8. Get To Dancing - 4.0
9. Boys That Sing - 8.0

68.5/90 - 76.1/100
fuck... rip

Viola Beach was a newcoming band from the UK that caught my attention with their first single released "Swings and Waterslides", it had that pop rock vibe that seemed fun and careless. I can't say that fully translates into this album, because almost all of the time the songs feel like they're the same of the same. However, I can still see a particular sound and see what they were going for before the accident happened. It's not a record that I ended up loving but I can still ... read more
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Year End Lists

#8/The Daily Beast

Track List

  1. Swings and Waterslides
  2. Like a Fool
  3. Go Outside
  4. Cherry Vimto
  5. Drunk
  6. Really Wanna Call
  7. Call You Up
  8. Get to Dancing
  9. Boys That Sing
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