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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E-RQgDJcrY

piscesx, Saturday, 4 July 2015 19:36 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

drummer is fantastic though

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

this record is great

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

this record is fantastic, highlight of the year for me

ciderpress, Sunday, 5 July 2015 03:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Yep.

Better than I expected, better than I hoped.

Mark G, Sunday, 5 July 2015 12:09 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_MTHwAp-_Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IorLPeOuEuI

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 5 July 2015 20:19 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Mark G, Sunday, 5 July 2015 22:56 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 July 2015 04:52 (two years ago) Permalink

You're all wrong.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 12:21 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

I guess the vocals are meant to sound intimately conversational?

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 13:20 (two years ago) Permalink

that giant peach song rules

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

So wait there are THREE versions of "Bros?"

Wimmels, Tuesday, 7 July 2015 18:56 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 15:58 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93jsY-YdZ1s

piscesx, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 18:14 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6vEE3Plk48

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkghyKKQDss

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

love this too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KhC2qNLGd4

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6-wbuON8Qk

(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

I had tickets to see them at Rock and Roll Hotel (a 400 capacity venue) on Friday night and had to sell them at the last minute because something came up. Hopefully they'll come back in 2018 and play 9:30 club or something.

how's life, Sunday, 9 July 2017 12:13 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

obligatory Zane Lowe interview is up on Beats1 now, which I don't have access to, but usually they repost on youtube within a day or so.

https://www.facebook.com/wolfalicemusic/photos/a.587979837917999.1073741825.156582101057777/1377229045659737/?type=3&theater

how's life, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 17:21 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Don't Delete The Kisses rules

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 3 September 2017 19:07 (two months ago) Permalink

No, but Beautifully Unconventional rules.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 4 September 2017 03:05 (two months ago) Permalink

The beginning keeps reminding me of whatever sample "1 Thing" is built around.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 4 September 2017 03:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Why doesn't Don't Delete Your Kisses rule? yeah just hearing beautifully unconventional, man this band is so classic. 1 Thing is The Meters sample yeah

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 04:31 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm just not into the spoken word part that's woven through it. I don't have any organized argument about it (and if I did it would probably be bullshit like most such arguments about aesthetic likes and dislikes are, however cleverly spun).

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 01:26 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etn4P80K5WU

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:55 (two months ago) Permalink

"don't delete the kisses" makes me feel like i can sprint to the ends of the earth and back

joshywinty (josh), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 05:50 (two months ago) Permalink

love how every time the chorus hits in "don't delete the kisses" the arrangement ups it a notch, making it gradually more powerful. It's a great song of tension and release

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:03 (two months ago) Permalink

the don't delete kisses live version on 101.9 Kink turns the song into a slow burner, check that out if you haven't :)

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:06 (two months ago) Permalink

holy shit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNX7M9owRWQ

joshywinty (josh), Monday, 18 September 2017 21:54 (two months ago) Permalink

fuck this is such a classic band

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 01:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Awesome! So excited about this album.

how's life, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:52 (two months ago) Permalink

New album is great. It's definitely an evolution from their first

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:36 (one month ago) Permalink

Apparently their U.S. distributor fucked up the vinyl pre-orders, in case you are a USian who did that. Can't wait to listen to this first thing in the morning on Spotify, in any case.

how's life, Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:19 (one month ago) Permalink

album of the month in Mojo which raised an eyebrow.

piscesx, Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Maybe not so surprising. I haven't heard the whole album yet but to my ears "Beautifully Unconventional" sounds pretty classic rock, without even stretching the term.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 29 September 2017 05:49 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah not surprised on Mojo nod - this is about as good as rock records get. The new one is less superficially heavy than the first album, but they've found new ways to incorporate barbed riffs into mellower songs and seemed to find more of a consistent middle ground between heavy/sublime here. This record flows great

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 29 September 2017 12:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm loving this on first listen. Nobody in the US seems to know who they are, but it's their loss. I'm glad to see they avoided the sophomore jinx.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 29 September 2017 15:15 (one month ago) Permalink

album is sick, meldal-johnson killed it

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 29 September 2017 15:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Haven't had time to fully digest it but I love it. A couple of the songs are heavier than the heaviest moments on the last album, which I was not expecting at all but is a cool surprise.

how's life, Friday, 29 September 2017 16:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Nobody in the US seems to know who they are

Well, you know, there's the language barrier.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 29 September 2017 18:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Love their accents! Was thinking today it makes me like them more

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 29 September 2017 19:17 (one month ago) Permalink

this is SO GOOD

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 29 September 2017 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

This album puts some solid gold up front but crucially the second half is so vital and heavy, lifting you back up. Really an ace lesson in how to structure a consistently good album

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 29 September 2017 23:16 (one month ago) Permalink

It never really hits a lull tbh

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 29 September 2017 23:18 (one month ago) Permalink

this is sounding very very good right now

dynamicinterface, Saturday, 30 September 2017 07:34 (one month ago) Permalink

i loooooooooooooove “space and time”

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:19 (one month ago) Permalink

^ reminds me of Eno! "Needles in the Camel's Eye". Could mash well together on a playlist

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 30 September 2017 23:36 (one month ago) Permalink

I hate to say it but I'm once again ambivalent about the album as a whole. I still need to gives it some more listens. There best work is getting better, however. Planet Hunter is probably my favorite Wolf Alice song so far. I'd rather see them combining their modes, like that, rather than working very dreamy some of the time and very screamy the other part of the time. Not too thrilled with the mostly spoken sections either. Once again, Ellie is a solid enough vocalist that she should be singing rather than speech-singing, and preferably without a ton of effects.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 30 September 2017 23:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening to Planet Hunter again and I find it hard to believe this song even exists as a new song in 2017. Instant classic.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 30 September 2017 23:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Lol rudipherous when I heard this album I thought you're not gonna like at least 3 songs here (which feature the spoken sections)

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 1 October 2017 00:16 (one month ago) Permalink

preferably without a ton of effects.

My one criticism is that her voice gets buried in the reverb a lot more on this one.

how's life, Sunday, 1 October 2017 10:29 (one month ago) Permalink

I was looking forward to this album despite not really enjoying the first one, because you could see the potential was there for them to do something really great, and this sounded terrific on first listen.

Matt DC, Sunday, 1 October 2017 11:50 (one month ago) Permalink

It's an uneven record (the downside of going for variety, laudable as that is) - and yeah too much reverb - but "Beautifully Unconventional" and the last three songs are all fantastic.

Jeff W, Sunday, 1 October 2017 12:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Whose voice does she remind me of on Space + Time? I can't quite place it and it's driving me nuts.

how's life, Monday, 2 October 2017 20:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Really burned out on this one by overplaying. Still love heavenwards, planet hunter, beautifully unconventional and don't delete the kisses. First one had a ton of bonus tracks which gave it a lot of playability

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 20:03 (one month ago) Permalink

After helping Labour beat the odds in the election, it's great to see @WolfAliceMusic doing the same in the charts. https://t.co/H3sdVFpZVr

— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 5, 2017

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:36 (one month ago) Permalink

The Absolutely Right Boy

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 5 October 2017 16:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks Jeremy! I did wonder...

Mark G, Thursday, 5 October 2017 21:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Whose voice does she remind me of on Space + Time? I can't quite place it and it's driving me nuts.

― how's life, Monday, October 2, 2017 4:44 PM (six days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

'Neko Case fronting Trompe le Monde-era Pixies' is the best I can come up with here.

how's life, Sunday, 8 October 2017 12:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Pros: The opening track is amazing, as is 'Don't Delete the Kisses' ...
Cons: This record has 'Beautifully Unconventional' on it, which is fucking awful.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:03 (one month ago) Permalink

thanks

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Most of this record ranges from very good to amazing, though the production is wretched in places.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:21 (one month ago) Permalink

"beautifully unconventional" rules

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:31 (one month ago) Permalink

'Sadboy' doesn't sound as great as it should, and 'After the Zero Hour' is a bit of a snoozer, but 'Heavenward', 'Yuk Foo', 'Don't Delete the Kisses', 'Planet Hunter', 'Space and Time' and the title track are all great.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:31 (one month ago) Permalink

I can see 'Formidable Cool' and 'St. Purple & Green' growing on me further - but aside from some shonky production here and there and one out-and-out stinker, it's a good record.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Sky musings is the only dud here

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:39 (one month ago) Permalink

I love pretty much the whole album. It took me a while to get on board with some of the songs but after a few listens really began to enjoy them all - Sky Musings included, which feels like one of the songs off the last Grimes record to me. The only thing that's jarring to me is the chorus of Beautifully Unconventional. The verse and prechorus are both amazing and catchy, but the chorus I just don't get where they're coming from.

how's life, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:28 (one month ago) Permalink


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