Just as British alt-rock group Wolf Alice started climbing up the Billboard charts while touring across the pond over the past two years, they stepped out of the spotlight. Since then, grunge vocalist Ellie Rowsell and her bandmates have been at work on their next project. In September, the shoegaze-inspired quartet released their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Visions of a Life,” after their first wildly successful 2015 album, “My Love Is Cool.”
Over the summer, they gave fans a preview of their new album with the release of their angst-fueled single “Yuk Foo,” which perfectly captures the essence of their vehement punk rock style. Some were skeptical of the future album’s cohesiveness due to Roswell’s bold, foul-mouthed lyrics, such as “I wanna f*** all the people I meet… no, I don’t give a s***.”
However, Wolf Alice’s recent transition into stardom did not prevent them from impressively balancing ethereal, whispery tracks such as “Don’t Delete The Kisses” and “After The Zero Hour” with more traditional rock sounds from guitar-heavy “Formidable Cool” and “Space & Time.” The juxtaposition they present between adolescence and the transition into adulthood mirrors the growing pains and uncertainty felt by their audience members, who can relate to their authentic and occasionally explicit tunes.
The diminuendo at the end of their seven-minute closing track, “Visions of a Life,” is a respectable end to their roller coaster of an album. Wolf Alice has proven their ability to take risks and adhere to their unique creative direction. Ultimately, it is no question that “Visions of a Life” will only accelerate the group’s journey to global success in the coming months.