Album Review: Wolf Alice – Back and Full of Life


The North London alternative rockers are back with the release of their triumphant new album ‘Visions of a Life’, an adventurous and individual record.

Continuing to draw inspiration from 90’s alternative rock and punk, Wolf Alice deliver intricate yet immediate songs which converse a very personal tale. An improvement on already excellent first studio album; thundering guitars, personal and emotive lyrics with blown up rhythm sections create a perfect picture of electronic folk and headbanging rock.

The enticing lyrics are provided by the ever-evolving Ellie Roswell who fronts the band on vocals and guitar. Roswell skilfully intwines her powerful writing to create an album which is beautifully unconventional. Originally formed as an acoustic band in 2010 by Roswell and Jeff Oddie, the four-piece have evolved massively; the success of their debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ propelled them into mainstream music. With an impressive amount of success already under their belt, there seems to be stopping the upcoming band.  

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Clash described Wolf Alice as “the love child of folk and grunge” and it’s clear to see why: their lead single for Visions of a Life ‘Yuk Foo’ is a strong leading punk track with a furious sense of grunge to it, including outrageous lyrics such as wanting to “fuck all the people I meet”. 

In contrast to the upbeat ‘Yuk Foo’, their second single on the album ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’ is much more poppy in its own way, full of emotion still, and slower in pace. The track pulls the audience into the often relatable issue of not being able to grasp the love that is there right in front of her. 

The brave screaming melodies and enticing electronics, sandwiched together with wall punching heavy guitar riffs make ‘Visions of A Life’ a jaw-drooping album and a strong contender for album of the year!