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Vi­sions of a Life ★★★★ 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

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