AOTY 2019

Ultralife

Oh Wonder - Ultralife
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 50 ratings
2017 Ratings: #652
July 14, 2017 / Release Date
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Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
Northern Transmissions

Regardless of their missteps the record is a soothing and often dance-inducing record more often than not.

60
The Line of Best Fit

While they aren’t designed to make pop bangers, they clearly have an ear for the kind of instrumentation and production tricks that enable them to cut to the feeling much faster than naked piano.

50
AllMusic

Though much of the record lies in a blander space somewhere in between, intimacy definitely takes a hit with Ultralife's expanded production, while its more radiant, rousing demeanor is likely to play well to larger venues and those seeking sunnier, or at least partly cloudy atmosphere.

mj04
63
I really liked them at first but somehow I got bored of their sound so quickly. Heavy still bangs though.
Favorites: Heavy, High on Humans and Heart Strings.
EntryIncomplete
38
Oh Wonder expands their sonic palette to create... a really boring and uninteresting record. And this time they lose most of their personality too.
88
Oh Wonder has learned from the mistakes it made in their self-titled debut album and used them as a jumping point to create the much stronger "Ultralife". The record tastefully depicts a vicious cycle of love and loss--starting first with the somewhat cliche "Solo", then immediately delving into the driving chimes of the title track. Though the lyrical content sometimes leaves much to be desired (as in "Slip Away", by far the weakest track), the rousing and ... read more
80
so emotional and i love the atmosphere in there
57
If you're wondering why this boy-and-girl singing in unison shtick doesn't seem as original as advertised, it's because of the xx, just one of many indie and alt-R&B bands from which Oh Wonder borrows very liberally. And yet there's a certain infectious popcraft at play here that makes it somewhat understandable why they've attracted such a following -- the sort of energy that makes a ridiculous song like "High on Humans" enjoyable. Still, it's just a bit too bland overall, erring ... read more
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Track List

  1. Solo
  2. Ultralife
  3. Lifetimes
  4. High On Humans
  5. All About You
  6. Heavy
  7. Bigger Than Love
  8. Heart Strings
  9. Slip Away
  10. Overgrown
  11. My Friends
  12. Waste
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