Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2017 Ratings: #48 / 716
Year End Rank: #25
User Score
Based on 263 ratings
2017 Ratings: #104
September 29, 2017 / Release Date
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Dirty Hit, RCA / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound
Wolf Alice, as fantastic bands tend to, have completely disregarded the idea that a second album should be difficult and turned out a genuine masterpiece.
100
NME
With ‘Visions Of A Life’ Wolf Alice are removing any doubt about their status in the UK music scene. Best band in Britain? 100 per cent.
100
DIY
There’s no difficult second album syndrome here. ’Visions Of A Life’ is a gorgeously twisted beast that keeps Wolf Alice on the path to being Britain’s best band.
100
Dork
Wolf Alice have shown their peers how to run free - but as the pack follows them through the hole they blasted in the mainstream consciousness two and a bit years ago, they’ve no intention of thundering towards the slings and arrows that await. They’re smarter than that. With ‘Visions of a Life’, Wolf Alice have taken flight.
95
GIGsoup
There’s no wasted effort on these 12 tracks by Wolf Alice — every word, note, beat and effect counts.
90
Under The Radar

Visions of a Life may be a somewhat inconsistent journey but it's also pure rock and roll splendor from a band that's super talented and not afraid to take chances.

90
No Ripcord

Visions of a Life follows on from My Love is Cool almost seamlessly, and with two hugely accomplished records already in their arsenal, Wolf Alice are a band who have the world at their feet.

90
musicOMH
There are no low points in this relentless record.
83
A.V. Club

With Rowsell’s voice as the guiding light, Visions is a captivating, enjoyable ride.

81
Paste

There’s no denying Visions Of A Life top marks for a sterling sophomore effort.

80
The Skinny
The album caters for all – there are heavy tracks for hardcore fans and songs with a more approachable indie feel for those who need a gentle introduction to the ways of the Wolf. So sit back, relax and scream to your hearts content.
80
Northern Transmissions
Determined, confessional, intimate and grandiose, and still with a dash of youthful exuberance ‘Visions Of A Life’ is another thrilling step on Wolf Alice’s journey to something rather special.
80
The Guardian

Visions of a Life sees the band refine the exuberant jumble of dream-pop and grunge that characterised their debut My Love is Cool, while also finding new areas of exploration.

80
Rolling Stone
This is music that merges raw physical pleasure and dreamscape explorations. The stakes are high, and the payoffs are real.
70
Exclaim!

At times the music meanders a little, especially as the album comes to a close with the title track, but hats off to the band for pushing themselves on Visions of a Life.

70
Clash
It’s a record that appears to document visions of a life filled with loss, uncertainty and the anxieties that follow.
70
AllMusic

A reflection of a young band trying out all its possibilities, Visions of a Life is more scattered than My Love Is Cool, but its best songs hint at even more potential.

70
Pitchfork
Being Brit-rock’s most tolerable flag-bearer in years, Wolf Alice are uniquely qualified to dispense it.
65
Spectrum Culture

Wolf Alice is a British rock band that makes “loud pop.” That still doesn’t account for the eclecticism on Visions of a Life. In the first three tracks alone, the album veers from psychedelic expanse to riotous punk to a chewy, cheerleadery glitter bomb.

60
FLOOD Magazine

Each song on Visions of a Life exudes intention and confidence, referencing the work of artists before them, yet the four-piece is able to firmly present themselves as a powerful band for 2017.

50
Consequence of Sound
The project feels burdened, not free, and noise is not a replacement for substance.
77
NME, Drowned in Sound, Q, take a deep breath. Believe it or not, it's possible to analyze a young and trendy British band without dispensing any sort of pretense of criticism. While I am glad that the British press mob is backing a female-fronted band for once, I worry they're going to give everyone falsely high hopes, which would be a shame, because "Visions of a Life" is actually quite good. Wolf Alice have taken a few steps forward since their 2015 debut full-length, and the ... read more
letitbelau
74
Heavenward 70
Yuk Foo 70
Beautifully Unconventional 75
Don't Delete the Kisses 75
Planet Hunter 73
Sky Musings 80
Formidable Cool 73
Space & Time 70
Sadboy 72
St. Purple & Green 70
After the Zero Hour 85
Visions of a Life 75
winitheju
80
Don't Delete the Kisses may be the song of the year tbh
plowo
79
Favs: Heavenward, Yuk Foo, Beautifully Unconventional, Don't Delete the Kisses, Planet Hunter, Formidable Cool and Space & Time.
thisisabtlgrnd
66
Damn, the British music press really know how to inflate a score, huh?

EDIT: It's definitely a solid project overall, if a bit bland and uneven. I prefer the louder, grungier numbers to all of the dreamy ones which feel like 90s retreads. The vocalist is pretty decent too; she reminds me of Taylor Swift in a weird way. I'm still not buying the hype, but there are certainly worse bands that have been darlings of the British press (the p4k critic nails it when he says Wolf Alice is ... read more
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Track List

  1. Heavenward
  2. Yuk Foo
  3. Beautifully Unconventional
  4. Don't Delete the Kisses
  5. Planet Hunter
  6. Sky Musings
  7. Formidable Cool
  8. Space & Time
  9. Sadboy
  10. St. Purple & Green
  11. After the Zero Hour
  12. Visions of a Life
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Added on: June 13, 2017