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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British rock band was produced by Markus Dravs.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jun 2, 2021
    100
    ‘Blue Weekend’ is an album that revels in its feelings. The dynamics are constantly shifting, often moving from tender sparsity to luxurious sonic opulence in the same song, but everything feels like the absolute peak of what it could be.
  2. 100
    As with Visions, this third album sees the band hopping between styles – folk, garage rock and shoegaze – only now they’re steering deeper into the corners and controlling the skids.
  3. Jun 7, 2021
    100
    Blue Weekend is Wolf Alice’s best work yet – a confident, euphoric, blistering 40 minutes that’s guaranteed to be on many people’s ‘best of’ lists at the end of the year.
  4. 90
    Truly establishing themselves as the bright possibilites of guitar music, and blurring lines along with setting new ones out, ultimately with Blue Weekend, Wolf Alice continue to be the very essence of what is to be a band while also remaining - more importantly - human.
  5. Uncut
    Jun 18, 2021
    80
    Blue Weekend is a collection of songs that immediately dazzle, with a relentless array of strong hooks, nestled within a sea of diverse sonic colours. [Aug 2021, p.35]
  6. 80
    Arcade Fire producer Markus Dravs brings depth and heft, whether spotlighting each player or drowning everything in a deluge of guitars. Singer Ellie Rowsell steps up with some wonderfully shapeshifting vocals.
  7. Jun 7, 2021
    70
    Roswell continues to grow as a versatile performer, channeling her pop impulses with gusto—whether she embraces Abba-esque harmonies with a country lilt (Safe from Heartbreak), brings bright, celestial touches to synthy mid-tempo ballads (How Can I Make it OK), or howls her way through speedy punk rock (Feeling Myself.) And though everything doesn't fall into place, she does inject her unique personality into whatever style she chooses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  1. Jun 6, 2021
    10
    As a huge fan of their music, I was taken back after first listen. Easily their best album. Can’t wait to fully dive into it after a few moreAs a huge fan of their music, I was taken back after first listen. Easily their best album. Can’t wait to fully dive into it after a few more listens. Expand
  2. Jun 4, 2021
    10
    Ellie really defines herself as the premier alternative vocalist in the world on this album. Really creative song writing and vocalEllie really defines herself as the premier alternative vocalist in the world on this album. Really creative song writing and vocal arrangements. This album really showcases Ellies world class abilities. Shes one of the biggest rock stars in the world and this album really demonstrates that. She's truly an iconic and generational talent. The production is very layered and intricate. Freddy Mercury would be proud of this album Expand
  3. Jun 6, 2021
    10
    Creating an album in this era is different to how it has ever been before. With streaming and digital music being the most common way music isCreating an album in this era is different to how it has ever been before. With streaming and digital music being the most common way music is consumed, and the ever-growing popularity of mixed playlists, an album needs to contain the elements in it that make it a work of art as a whole, a journey that satisfies the listener from the beginning until the end. The themes Wolf Alice portray in Blue Weekend are relevant, thought-provoking, and relatable which has allowed the album to achieve that gold level of story-telling. The moments of delicate wistfulness in Delicious Things and Feeling Myself, to the real angst and ferocity in Smile and Play the Greatest Hits, has cemented the unique ‘Wolf Alice’ sound. It is bold, its brave, and it works. The days since the release have seen it admired by both fans and critiques, with it currently being the highest rated album of the 2021 so far. This is hardly surprising given the dedication and skill that has gone into making it, and it is likely this will see them grow in popularity across the globe. Wolf Alice deserve all the respect they have gained from this album – it’s a modern masterpiece. Expand
  4. Jun 8, 2021
    10
    Absolutely breathtaking and Ellie's voice is spectacular! This album has something for everyone, and I can't wait to listen to it again and again.
  5. Jun 19, 2021
    10
    One of the best albums of the last few years. Great and i love it. Emotional, energetic and beautiful.
  6. Jun 7, 2021
    10
    This is awesome!!! The sounds, their voices... I'm in love for all the songs of this album!
  7. Jun 19, 2021
    0
    I must be getting old. 94 average score? Will appear on many best album lists? Lyrically pretentious, all simpering sincerity and one of theI must be getting old. 94 average score? Will appear on many best album lists? Lyrically pretentious, all simpering sincerity and one of the most annoying voices that I've heard in a while. I listened to four songs and it was torturous. I'll pass.
    Seriously, I'm the only one who didn't like, make that, love this? 90% 10's? Curious.
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