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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British alternative rock band was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen.
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Don't Delete the Kisses
I see the signs of a lifetime, you 'til I die And I'm swiftly out, I wish goodbye What if it's not meant for me? Love What if it's not meant for... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 19 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.

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  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. 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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  3. 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. Expand
  4. Oct 31, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. MAGIC! It cannot be summed up in another word!
    This album is fascinating and the vocalist's voice is like an angel "choir". It has as premise several perspectives of a "life" as a point of view of someone who is learning. Don't delete the kisses is the elegance of the album, where you have a shy vision and that of a young woman who is looking for a way to love, even fearing fear.
    Don't delete the kisses if it contradicts Formidable cool, giving another point of view about an ideal man - does it really exist?
    Or love?
    The sweetness of the album is also in the middle of the album with "Space & Time", which is considered for sure, the "key piece" of this album, because it answers all my doubts: this young woman just needs time to try to recompose and give direction in your life.
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  5. May 19, 2018
    9
    It's rare that we get albums rooted in rock these days that actually push the genre forward. The synth-like guitars and the spacious,It's rare that we get albums rooted in rock these days that actually push the genre forward. The synth-like guitars and the spacious, atmospheric shoegazey vocals coming from Ellie elevate their sound even higher than their first album.

    There are many fantastic songs here, starting off with Heavenward, a euphoric, loud and fantastic song that starts off the album by sending you flying through the skies. Don't Delete the Kisses, a favourite ever since it was released as a single, remains cinematic and soaring. That trend continues through the tracklist, staying in the spotlight until the last note drains out on Visions of a Life.

    Faves: "Heavenward", "Don't Delete the Kisses", "Planet Hunter" and "Space & Time"
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  6. Sep 30, 2017
    7
    (70/100) This album has some ups and downs. Sometimes it feels accelerated, with a rhythm really hyperactive and strange lyrics with no sense(70/100) This album has some ups and downs. Sometimes it feels accelerated, with a rhythm really hyperactive and strange lyrics with no sense if you don't know why they where made for. But there are other songs that feel better structured, with better sound and lyrics. It's not a bad album, and of course you can feel a change from their first album, but it felt like half of the song try to say something, but it just can't finish to express it self. I guess that it lacks structure and solid essence. Expand
  7. Oct 11, 2021
    7
    This is a tough one to describe. Parts of it are great, most of it is good and some of it is hard to recall for one reason or another. ThereThis is a tough one to describe. Parts of it are great, most of it is good and some of it is hard to recall for one reason or another. There is a wide mixture of sonic approaches across the album's 12 tracks and there is a definite lack of consistency from one track to the next. At times it feels disjointed but overall the listener is left aware that there is definite quality here. It is an album that I reckon I'll get more out of with further listens. Expand

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