Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
British group Wolf Alice are one of the hottest properties in pop music right now - their tour, which is not until next January is virtually sold out.
Like Lana Del Rey they have a knack of writing melodic songs that get under your skin. Take for example the opening track The Beach
where the understated melody weaves its way into your subconscious.
The band won the Mercury Music Prize a few years ago, though in this third album they have probably released their best yet.
There is a real mix of genres here - Smile
with the harmonised vocals is one for the fans to celebrate the mosh pit on the grunge infected song, when the band decide to tour.
The piano driven Safe From Heartbreak (If You Never Fall In Love)
dips into folk music on a track that sounds like a standard already.
How Can I Make It Ok
finds the band funding their pop sensibilities before the punk rock influence of Play The Greatest Hits
sounds like X-Ray Spex meets The Offspring! You could not get a starker contrast between the two songs. That though is the beauty of this album; although it is diverse, each song stands up in its own right.
No Hard Feelings
has a Motown like feel to the song as singer Ellie Rowsell sings about the end of a relationship.
Rather than the end of a relationship this accomplished album is another part of what I hope will be a long career.
I rate the album 4 out of 5.