• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Jun 4, 2021
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. 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.
  2. 100
    Blue Weekend both refines that sound and takes it in dizzying new directions. Rowsell’s lyrics have never been more absorbing in their examination of friendship, heartache, anxiety, acceptance and self-confidence.
  3. 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.
  4. Jun 3, 2021
    100
    It has the distinct tang of an album that could be huge. There’s something undeniable about it, the beguiling sound of a band doing what they do exceptionally well, so that even the most devoted naysayer might be forced to understand its success.
  5. 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.
  6. 100
    ‘Blue Weekend’ is another stone-cold masterpiece that further cements their place at the very peak of British music.
  7. Jun 4, 2021
    94
    Across all of Blue Weekend, one thing is very clear – this is Wolf Alice’s best offering to date, and clearly one of those albums that qualifies as an event. It’s emotionally stirring, sonically riveting, and just as unpredictable as always. It’s the full realization of everything Wolf Alice ever aspired to be: poignant and melodic, raucous and edgy, and certainly every possible shade in between.
  8. Jun 3, 2021
    90
    Blue Weekend is a stunning return and one that should cement Wolf Alice’s reputation still further. As ever it’s an eclectic yet cohesive collection of songs that demonstrates maturity, and an unerring ability to craft beautiful, heartfelt genre-defying music full of warmth, depth, and emotional intelligence.
  9. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 2, 2021
    90
    Not just euphoric but also important music, and another near-faultless Wolf Alice wonder. [Jul 2021, p.84]
  10. 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.
  11. Jun 18, 2021
    80
    Blue Weekend isn’t a perfect record, with the folky No Hard Feelings and Safe From Heartbreak (If You’ve Never Been In Love) a little whimsical next to everything else going on. It matters little, though. Rowsell’s rallying cry in Smile that “I ain’t afraid of the fact that I’m sensitive” is borne out in a wild and tender third album.
  12. 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]
  13. Jun 11, 2021
    80
    It's the kind of big, unabashedly emotional album that people make memories to, and some of Wolf Alice's most confident and fully realized music.
  14. 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.
  15. Jun 4, 2021
    80
    This record, like the band behind it, repeatedly and successfully refuses genrefication in its ambitiousness.
  16. Jun 3, 2021
    80
    Definitely not a reinvention, it plays to the band’s strengths while amplifying new qualities, a record as bruising as it is subtle. Working to their own passions and desires, ‘Blue Weekend’ places Wolf Alice beyond the reach of their peers.
  17. Mojo
    Jun 2, 2021
    80
    A breathy soundworld throbs with chillout opportunity and toggles toothache-sweet grunge buzz, Laurel canyon lilt and skyward soundtrack The Last man On Earth. Alive with confessional ideas. [Jul 2021, p.80]
  18. Jun 17, 2021
    72
    Blue Weekend always nails the vibe, they nail everything, but often in a way that sounds micromanaged.
  19. 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.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 293 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 293
  1. 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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  2. Jun 8, 2021
    6
    This album is NOT special. FFS. There are a couple of "nice" tracks, but not one that is original or that hasn't been done 100 or 10000 timesThis album is NOT special. FFS. There are a couple of "nice" tracks, but not one that is original or that hasn't been done 100 or 10000 times before. There are plenty of interesting "Indie" artists, like Dirty Projectors, Alt-J, Searing Diaper Teas... but this is just "acceptable". Full Review »
  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. Full Review »