Oh Wonder - Ultralife
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Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2017 Ratings: #775
July 14, 2017 / Release Date
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Island / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Northern Transmissions

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

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.


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.

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.
Oh Wonder expands their sonic palette to create... a really boring and uninteresting record. And this time they lose most of their personality too.
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
As an album that was highly anticipated by their fans, the follow-up sophomore album from Oh Wonder delivers a strong vibe to their ever-growing catalog.
Oh Wonder is known for their sweet harmonies and mellow feelings, but this album takes that and makes it more energetic. They introduce more driving beats and a more danceable feel, but manage to balance it out with a few mellow tracks, such as "Bigger Than Love", and "Slip Away". They don't let their songs drag out, they ... read more
Overproduced, computer-age garbage water. The harmonies are amazing and the female lead vocals are just so smooth and beautiful. I would LOVE to hear her try different genres.
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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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Added on: April 13, 2017