Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life album review: Londoners enter new chapter

Visions of a Life
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Artist: Wolf Alice
Genre: Alternative
Label: Dirty Hit

Two years ago, Wolf Alice's debut album, My Love is Cool, nabbed a Mercury Music Prize nomination.

For some bands, such a swift rise in profile could be the kiss of death, yet Wolf Alice flourished, even coming to the attention of director Michael Winterbottom, whose documentary on the band, On the Road, is released soon.

Visions of Life neatly kicks off what may well be an even better next chapter as the London band steer a steady course where pop sensibilities run parallel with punk, psychedelia, krautrock, hardcore and electronica.

The latter is strikingly explored in Don't Delete the Kisses, which places a Cocteau Twins' vibe in very odd environments. Another cracker is Space & Time, which starts like The Undertones and gets even better. Not many bands have songs like that, do they? wolfalice.co.uk

Tony Clayton-Lea

Tony Clayton-Lea

Tony Clayton-Lea is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in popular culture