Visions of a Life

Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life
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Based on 33 reviews
2017 Ratings: #73 / 924
Year End Rank: #25
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Based on 824 ratings
2017 Ratings: #112
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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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s no wasted effort on these 12 tracks by Wolf Alice — every word, note, beat and effect counts.
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.

There are no low points in this relentless record.
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.

A.V. Club

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


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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Consequence of Sound
The project feels burdened, not free, and noise is not a replacement for substance.


‘Visions of a Life’ isn’t that much different from ‘My Love is Cool’. But this shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing. In fact, this is more unique and eventful than ‘My Love is Cool’. The things that Wolf Alice does on this album, such as adding shoegaze and making their songs "rock-ier", are welcome additions to their arsenal, and “Don’t Delete the Kisses” is their best song so far! With that being said, ... read more


The title track is Gen Z's Paranoid Android


Following the widespread success of their debut album My Love is Cool, a tremendously diverse record in modern alternative rock, Wolf Alice had a few directions they could reasonably take. They could recognize just how hungry their fanbase was for the sound they had established and kept down that train for their follow-up, or they could have just as easily taken a whole new direction away from that structure and explore something completely new on the sophomore release. On Visions of a Life it ... read more


a lot more lowkey,

on their sophomore album, the band goes into a chiller direction with their sound, and i think it fits incredibly well to them, even if it wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but it managed to impress me throughout its entirety. the vocals and songwriting are quite quirky, but still has its softness from the previous record and marries nicely with the punky instrumentals.

it gets a bit heavier in the second half, which was kinda unexpected but made me like it even more, i love ... read more


Visions Of a Life floated me with its often provocative indie rock atmosphere and a gravitational sphere that encompasses dream pop, capable of captivating from beginning to end by bringing to light the fact that we are human with the rawest, purest, and most ancient feelings of our being, along with impactful media inspirations.

Walking on themes such as mourning, social pressure, love, and experiences, it brings songs with very different focuses along the way, almost like an adventure ... read more


Wonderfully consistent, there isn't really a weak point here and some absolute gems are nestled in this album. Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.

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Added on: June 13, 2017