• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Sep 29, 2017
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Sep 28, 2017
    100
    There’s no difficult second album syndrome here. Visions Of A Life is a gorgeously twisted beast that keeps Wolf Alice on the path to being Britain’s best band.
  2. 100
    A record so bold, brave and jaw-droppingly advanced it should sound out a secret “album of the year” message when played backwards.
  3. Sep 26, 2017
    100
    Visions of a Life is a phenomenal achievement. It has captured on record the thrill, angst, sadness and uncertainty of being in your twenties and not really knowing what’s going to happen or should happen. All of it is never anything less than intoxicating, heartfelt and effortless.
  4. Oct 5, 2017
    90
    There are no low points in this relentless record. At times it is beastly, baring its teeth. At others, it’s divinely angelic, St Purple Green and Sky Musings being prime examples.
  5. Oct 2, 2017
    90
    Wolf Alice have come up with the goods again with their second LP, and in Ellie Rowsell they have a frontwoman who hypnotises and enthralls at will.
  6. Sep 28, 2017
    90
    Visions of a Life may be a somewhat inconsistent journey but it's also pure rock and roll splendor from a band that's super talented and not afraid to take chances.
  7. Sep 28, 2017
    83
    In lesser hands, this kind of sonic disparity could be chaotic and confusing--but with Rowsell’s voice as the guiding light, Visions is a captivating, enjoyable ride.
  8. Oct 11, 2017
    81
    There’s no denying Visions Of A Life top marks for a sterling sophomore effort.
  9. Oct 12, 2017
    80
    The title fits: tender, tumultuous and titanic, Wolf Alice sound like a band for life.
  10. Oct 4, 2017
    80
    This is music that merges raw physical pleasure and dreamscape explorations. The stakes are high, and the payoffs are real.
  11. Sep 28, 2017
    80
    Visions of a Life sees the band refine the exuberant jumble of dream-pop and grunge that characterised their debut My Love is Cool, while also finding new areas of exploration, from Drive soundtrack synthpop (Don’t Delete the Kisses) to snarling punk (Yuk Foo) and everything in between.
  12. Mojo
    Sep 27, 2017
    80
    It has a head, a tail and a massive great beating heart. [Nov 2017, p.92]
  13. Q Magazine
    Sep 27, 2017
    80
    These ate anthemic, headlining songs from a band that is fast becoming one of our finest. [Nov 2017, p.110]
  14. Kerrang!
    Sep 25, 2017
    80
    The eclectic sounds of Wolf Alice's debut made them stars, but this sequel finds them doing everything bigger and better. [2 Sep 2017, p.51]
  15. Sep 25, 2017
    80
    The album caters for all – there are heavy tracks for hardcore fans and songs with a more approachable indie feel for those who need a gentle introduction to the ways of the Wolf. So sit back, relax and scream to your hearts content.
  16. Oct 2, 2017
    70
    A reflection of a young band trying out all its possibilities, Visions of a Life is more scattered than My Love Is Cool, but its best songs hint at even more potential.
  17. Oct 2, 2017
    70
    Visions of a Life is an expansive trip. Devoutly 4/4 and unsyncopated, it nonetheless carves out raucous passages in which to burst open.
  18. Sep 28, 2017
    70
    Maybe the product of a transitional period in Rowsell’s life, it’s easy to get lost yourself in the singer’s endearing lyricism.
  19. Sep 27, 2017
    70
    At times the music meanders a little, especially as the album comes to a close with the title track, but hats off to the band for pushing themselves on Visions of a Life.
  20. Uncut
    Sep 25, 2017
    60
    Admittedly they hit a few soaring peaks, but none that haven't already been conquered. [Nov 2017, p.39]
  21. Sep 25, 2017
    50
    Visions of a Life is often full, seeming to overflow. But the substance is lacking, resulting in a tiring trip through a band gamely trying not to merely cover itself.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 95
  2. Negative: 4 out of 95
  1. Sep 29, 2017
    10
    Absolutely fabulous.

    Despite being young these guys are somehow capable of creating exhilirating 90s nostalgia. I'm still trying to figure
    Absolutely fabulous.

    Despite being young these guys are somehow capable of creating exhilirating 90s nostalgia. I'm still trying to figure out how they do that while their sound remains completely their own - very authentic but blissfully familiar and warming all at once.

    Heavenward is a REALLY fantastic song. Magically good. The kind of fantastic that feeds you euphoria all over by making you feel sorrowful and joyous at the same time.

    Formidable Cool was a much-needed slap in the face (a really pleasant one might I add) to swat away any doubts I had as to whether this lot were lacking in edge. The guitar is mesmerising.

    Supreme songs are 'Heavenward', 'Formidable Cool' and 'Don't Delete The Kisses'.
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  2. Sep 29, 2017
    10
    Brilliantly good. A wonderfully varied album with lovely melodies and the right amount of mellow and heavy-ish songs. A joy to listen to.Brilliantly good. A wonderfully varied album with lovely melodies and the right amount of mellow and heavy-ish songs. A joy to listen to. Somehow Wolf Alice have matched their brilliant first album. Full Review »
  3. Oct 5, 2017
    10
    Amazing album with really intense and well produced tracks, the best of wolf Alice
    gonna highlight the best : heavenward , don't delete the
    Amazing album with really intense and well produced tracks, the best of wolf Alice
    gonna highlight the best : heavenward , don't delete the kiss , beautiful unconventional space and time and visions of a life
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