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Top 3 album in the UK. i don't think anyone saw that coming. they sound like Madder Rose to my ears. nice though. is this the bigest indie band of the last few years not to have their own thread?

anyway this one's my fave

piscesx, Saturday, 4 July 2015 19:36 (one year ago) Permalink

There was talk about starting a dedicated thread in the Rolling 2015 Favorites thread, but it never happened I guess.

I've already made the point a dozen times that I thought the 7" version of "Bros" was one of my favorite indie rock guitar heavy songs of the last few years, and now I'm mad at the band not for re-recording it (it's their song, they can do whatever they want with it even though the new version sucks), but for removing all traces of the superior earlier version from steaming platforms and digital retailers. Eff you, Wolf Alice!

I still haven't listened to the album. Outside of the original "Bros" and "Moaning Lisa Smile," I think they're a band that's pretty long on sounding good but pretty short on writing good songs.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 4 July 2015 19:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Listening now to the album: hmm, okay, some of these songs are really nice. "Freazy" in particular.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 4 July 2015 20:14 (one year ago) Permalink

drummer is fantastic though

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 4 July 2015 21:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Lately whenever I encounter someone particularly annoying I hear "you're a dodgy fucker as well!" kick around my brain

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Saturday, 4 July 2015 22:28 (one year ago) Permalink

this record is great

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Sunday, 5 July 2015 02:32 (one year ago) Permalink

this record is fantastic, highlight of the year for me

ciderpress, Sunday, 5 July 2015 03:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Yep.

Better than I expected, better than I hoped.

Mark G, Sunday, 5 July 2015 12:09 (one year ago) Permalink

Bits of this sounded really lumpen and uninspired in the way you expect from basically 100% of hyped Brit rock bands these days but then a song would just suddenly explode into a joyous pop moment. Jury's out but if they could put together an entire album as good as those best bits they'd be incredible.

Matt DC, Sunday, 5 July 2015 12:41 (one year ago) Permalink

if they could put together an entire album as good as those best bits they'd be incredible.

Exactly how I feel, although we might have different ideas about the best bits.

I'm not surprised this charted so high (in the UK). I had been looking forward to this, but I am mostly disappointed. Too much of the material drags excessively (including "Your Loves Whore"). My favorites remain "Giant Peach" and "Moaning Lisa Smile." Maybe "Fluffy." "Turn to Dust" is nice, but I'm on the fence about it. "You're a Germ" is fine, though it seems a bit demo-ish. "Bros" is pretty good, but the earlier version was better, even if I can't remember exactly what it sounded like. I need to listen to this some more, but that's the thing: I'm finding it a bit of a slog.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 5 July 2015 19:56 (one year ago) Permalink

There are some good, possibly superior, live/studio live versions of some of these songs on youtube:


_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 5 July 2015 20:19 (one year ago) Permalink

"Freazy" was the one that stood out for me.

Mark G, Sunday, 5 July 2015 22:56 (one year ago) Permalink

lol if anything "giant peach" and "moaning lisa smile" drag the most imo

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 6 July 2015 04:11 (one year ago) Permalink

Hate Giant Peach, love Moaning Lisa Smile. ¯\(ツ)/¯

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 July 2015 04:52 (one year ago) Permalink

You're all wrong.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 12:21 (one year ago) Permalink

"your loves whore" is actually probably my favorite song on here, other than the last minute of "swallowtail"

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 6 July 2015 12:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Listening to it now, and the thing that strikes me is how it feels like it's barely there, until it shifts gears. around 3:30. A lot of this is down to Roswell's vocal delivery.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 13:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I guess the vocals are meant to sound intimately conversational?

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 13:20 (one year ago) Permalink

that giant peach song rules

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 6 July 2015 13:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Peachy is riffs galore, and I like how it gets all Sonic Youth at around 3:05 (singles version, not the one I linked to above). I also can't help hearing echoes of the Psychedelic Furs' "India" at around 1:15, but that's probably just a personal problem. I hear as much of the 80s in it as the 90s.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 14:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I would have preferred if they hadn't made Roswell's vocals on that song sound like the Go-Go's or whatever they are going for there, not that I hate that sound, but her natural vocal sound suits the song better.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 14:15 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm listening to the album and it's pretty funny how this is almost structured to divide ILX, but honestly I think it's better for having the pop side and the more trad US underground rock style

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 6 July 2015 15:05 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't think of myself as very rock oriented at all, but I like Wolf Alice better in rocking mode. (Almost everything else I've liked this year has been dance pop, indie pop, hipster pop shit, etc.)

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 15:11 (one year ago) Permalink

You could have a point in general though. If more of ILX pays any attention to this band, that might become clearer.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 15:11 (one year ago) Permalink

So wait there are THREE versions of "Bros?"

Wimmels, Tuesday, 7 July 2015 18:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh I guess one of these is a remix of some sort. Not sure where this came from but I have it in my iTunes for some reason. Anyone know where this is from? It's pretty nice...

Wimmels, Tuesday, 7 July 2015 18:59 (one year ago) Permalink

The album cover reminds me of one of those old occult/mediumistic photos.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 15:58 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

hadn't twigged the similarity btw this and Moaning Lisa's Smile.

piscesx, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 18:14 (one year ago) Permalink

this was better than I expected it to be; it's a weird record to be so big. No real poppy hooks; also it's not really a standout for the sort of music it is either, but it's pleasant

akm, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:04 (one year ago) Permalink

I listened to this a few days ago after seeing how popular they had become and skimming this thread and I didn't expect it to sound the way it did. It reminds me a lot of Belly at their most introspective.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 21:32 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

This is really growing on me.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:43 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Fuck I wish I'd listened to this before I submitted my eoy ballot.

how's life, Monday, 18 January 2016 13:28 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

#BRITBREAKWOLFALICE

Mark G, Monday, 15 February 2016 09:34 (one year ago) Permalink

http://www.brits.co.uk/british-breakthrough-vote-guide

Mark G, Monday, 15 February 2016 09:35 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i dig this song!

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 01:23 (one year ago) Permalink

i seriously might go buy this album. i love riff rockin' with cool women singers. it must be the veruca salt fan in me.

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 01:25 (one year ago) Permalink

best video:

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 01:33 (one year ago) Permalink

love this too:

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 01:43 (one year ago) Permalink

this is a great record scott! I hope you like it

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2016 02:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Some of the live versions of "Giant Peach" are better than the album version, over all. This one for instance:

(Although the climax is maybe best in the studio version.)

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 9 April 2016 03:53 (one year ago) Permalink

*overall*

(I am really tired.)

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 9 April 2016 03:57 (one year ago) Permalink

i ordered the CD online. i got the U.S. version which is slightly different than the U.K. version? Just like in the old days.

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 04:00 (one year ago) Permalink

This is my favorite rock album in awhile.

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 9 April 2016 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

i had no idea. until the other day.

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Really pissed off that I missed out on them last year. They're touring America now, but the only tour stop local to me is at a festival that I can't afford tickets to.

how's life, Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:28 (one year ago) Permalink

They're opening for the 1975 who are apparently playing arenas. How the hell is that happening? Same thing with Alt J, who sold out Madison Square Garden.

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 9 April 2016 22:05 (one year ago) Permalink

they have a sizeable and enthusiastic fanbase

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2016 22:25 (one year ago) Permalink

i mean i too was surprised but they were selling out everything beneath arenas

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2016 22:27 (one year ago) Permalink

i even love their cover of wicked game.

scott seward, Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:01 (one year ago) Permalink

sounds so cool. they make it the guitar anthem it was meant to be.

scott seward, Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:02 (one year ago) Permalink

this was my #1 in the eoy poll and i was surprised that it didn't get enough votes to make the list, seemed like a Big Record but ilm never bit

ciderpress, Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:23 (one year ago) Permalink

played all the videos last night on the PS4 for rufus and maria and now maria says SHE'S the number one wolf alice fan in the house and she's following them on twitter.

scott seward, Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:46 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't really get the love for this, it felt stodgy and uninspired, except for the bits that weren't, which were brilliant. Shame there weren't that many of them. I fully expect them to make an amazing second or third album.

Matt DC, Sunday, 10 April 2016 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I listened to the album again, inspired by this thread revival, and I still find it hard to get through it. But I still love individual songs and performances, especially some of the live ones. I am hopeful about their next album. I still tend to prefer their rocking material to their more pop-oriented stuff, though, so that could be a problem, if they really intend to head more toward pop.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 10 April 2016 15:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I suspect its their live shows that is really building their momentum at this point.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 10 April 2016 15:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Really? I think the album's amazing. It feels like a living thing.

What would you consider their pop-oriented material other than Freazy? Everything other than that is rock, yes? And last I heard, they weren't even playing Freazy live because they just didn't know what to do with it.

how's life, Monday, 11 April 2016 13:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Just checked that last statement and I guess they have played it live, but I thought I read an interview with them where they admitted to not being comfortable with how it fit into their sets.

how's life, Monday, 11 April 2016 14:02 (one year ago) Permalink

"Bros" is poppy. Reminds me of The Sundays.

scott seward, Monday, 11 April 2016 14:15 (one year ago) Permalink

this too. this video gave me chills the other night. so pretty.

scott seward, Monday, 11 April 2016 14:24 (one year ago) Permalink

I like some of the non-rock songs on the album, but a lot of them feel like filler and are difficult for me to make it through. "Freazy" is one of the better ones. I also like "Turn to Dust" (though I'm always a little ambivalent about her mannered delivery there). "Bros" is okay. A little too much like the Sundays. I wish I had a copy of the earlier version Johnny Fever keeps mentioning, since I liked it better though I don't remember exactly what it sounded like at this point. I don't really like the low-energy vocals on most of "Your Loves Whore."

Songs that really lose me: "Lisbon" (and wait, this one is pretty rock), "Silk" (I just realized part of this reminds me of MIA) although I feel like there are various pieces here I could like if they were rearranged, "Swallowtail" (this is what happens when you give someone else a chance to sing), "Soapy Water," and "The Wonderwhy."

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 11 April 2016 15:38 (one year ago) Permalink

"lisbon" is prob my favorite song!

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 11 April 2016 15:54 (one year ago) Permalink

also imo you can't be too much like the sundays

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 11 April 2016 15:55 (one year ago) Permalink

lol i think you listed all my favorite songs from this record. "soapy water" is so gorgeous

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 11 April 2016 15:56 (one year ago) Permalink

swallowtail is so gorgeous

ciderpress, Monday, 11 April 2016 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

soapy water is a standout to me too

ciderpress, Monday, 11 April 2016 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

They just posted that they're going to be on the new Ghostbusters soundtrack. No idea if it's going to be an older song or something new though.

how's life, Friday, 3 June 2016 14:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

giant peach into blush. so good. starts at 30:00. i'm like a deadhead for wolf alice. always looking for the best giant peach. this one rules.

scott seward, Sunday, 11 September 2016 18:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was just listening to part of that Thursday night. Some good stuff, but the songs I found draggy on the album I still find draggy. Didn't get as far as Giant Peach, so I might return to it.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 11 September 2016 19:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

Are you talking about a live album or something?

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 11 September 2016 20:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

No, I meant the studio album.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 11 September 2016 21:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ha I was using the zing app which didn't show this video. Now I see it.

This band is great.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 11 September 2016 22:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

how's life, Sunday, 16 October 2016 16:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

five months pass...
one month passes...

Possible new album news?

how's life, Monday, 8 May 2017 13:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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