Wolf Alice - 'Visions Of A Life'

9/10

When Wolf Alice dropped their debut album 'My Love Is Cool' back in 2015, there was no denying the influences that spawned the direction they were going for. Inspired by the shoegaze movement of the late 80s, as well as grunge from throughout the 90s, the band's romantic vision of forgotten alternative music was brilliantly well-received. Now returning with album number two, 'Visions Of A Life' sees them take those influences and look to create an even more diverse full-length than before.

While the musical intent of this new full-length remains largely the same, it is clear that they were looking to stretch their creative wings here, adding more eclectic ideas and taking themselves out of their comfort zone. This can be best summed up by the opening three tracks; 'Heavenward', 'Yuk Foo' and 'Beautifully Unconventional', each have their own separate thought process but all manage to display the brilliant talent this band have for songwriting.

This new pick-and-mix sound they have gone for may take a while to get your head around, but once you do, it'll be worth it. 'Visions Of A Life' is the perfect example of how to follow up a debut record, breaking away from their original sound just enough to create something brilliant on its own terms.

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