Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2017 Ratings: #50 / 852
Year End Rank: #25
User Score
Based on 419 ratings
2017 Ratings: #120
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September 29, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dirty Hit, RCA / Label
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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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

There are no low points in this relentless record.
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.
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.
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.

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

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.

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

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.

Being Brit-rock’s most tolerable flag-bearer in years, Wolf Alice are uniquely qualified to dispense it.
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.
The title track is Gen Z's Paranoid Android
this is so fucking good man. one of the most interesting and creative indie bands in britain today, they came out in 2015 with their debut My Love is Cool, a great album that leads you to think they might have trouble recording a follow up. so what do they do for their follow up, 2 years later? they knock it out of the fucking PARK. one of the loudest and best records of 2017, they mix classic indie rock with elements of dream pop and shoegaze, and it works amazingly. Yuk Foo is an almost ... read more
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
Wolf Alice’s 2017 sophomore record Visions Of A Life is confident and ambitious, cementing them as one of the most exciting bands in British modern rock. Every track on this album feels unique, highlighting the band’s versatility. The album opens incredibly strong with the shoegaze track “Heavenward”, which despite its sad subject matter, sonically feels as transcendent and uplifting as its name suggests. Lead single “Yuk Foo” follows; taking things in the ... read more
Wow. This album is just... everything. It's so deeply personal to the band themselves, but it manages to never feel out of touch, instead perfectly displaying just the raw emotion behind everything. It's grunge, it's rock, it's psychadelia, it's dream pop; the genre melding here is so ambitious yet it sounds so natural; like everything should just *be* like this. It never got boring or tired, either, every single song sounding completely different, the only common factor being the ghostly, ... 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