Wolf Alice ‎– Visions Of A Life

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DH00224 Wolf Alice Visions Of A Life(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gre) Dirty Hit DH00224 UK 2017 Sell This Version
DH00214 Wolf Alice Visions Of A Life(2xLP, Album, 180) Dirty Hit DH00214 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
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88985-45915-1 Wolf Alice Visions Of A Life(2xLP, Album, 180) RCA, Dirty Hit 88985-45915-1 US 2017 Sell This Version
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streetmouse

streetmouse

October 11, 2018
edited 9 months ago
referencing Visions Of A Life, 2xLP, Album, 180, 88985-45915-1

With a young friend literally sitting in my listening space holding this album, I was nearly … no, I was actually coerced into listing to this collection of material that was filled with teen angst, laced with the free-fall of anxiety and of course death. I dislike writing reviews for material that I don’t like, which is far different than writing reviews for material that doesn’t sit well with me. Though since I was already in knee deep by the time the record was over, there was no place for me to go other than to my thoughts.

Here on Visions Of A Life I was faced with both of these prospects rolled into one, where the album comes off as if it were actually a play regarding someone’s real or imagined life, with that death I mentioned, hanging over the entire outing as some ominous omnipresent cloud of which no one ever formally speaks, being the vision of the protagonist regarding her imaginary and hypothetical death, while the deaths of those around her are accusatory and literal.

The world has changed since I was young, a psychic world of varying degrees of mental crisis seems to have settled over far too much, like the dust that accumulates over everything in short order. Then again, perhaps this aspect of life is just more open to discussion, more open to exportation than it had been in my day. Nevertheless, these seem like very deep dark waters presented with a loud voice and sonic instrumentational wailings that doesn’t gracefully wrap itself around me in a wounded manner, as say Sparklehorse managed, but rather pokes at me with sharp sticks, taking shoegazer to another level. Perhaps this was intentional, but I see no human form on this record that I recognize, nor do I a find a space for someone like me to feel welcome, even though I’ve taken the time to venture in, as say Joy Division did. Actually, Wolf Alice seems more about fueling the fires of conflict, even if that conflict is going on in their own heads, where the most overt aspect is that they are attempting to break free of this layer of life in order to soar higher, yet the construct of their being keeps them firmly rooted in their own perceived misery and that of those around them, onto whom the band projects their values and experiences, though without a moral compass, or at least one that doesn’t point in all directions at once.

Another aspect that I found notable was that so many critics described this album as being a frightful achievement steeped in potential, with the ability to achieve so much more, and then went on to rate this bit of pretentiousness with the ability to achieve with high regards. Hey, I get the need to be angry for the sake of it, pulling strings, being cathartic and perhaps brave, but this to me is all a submersion into the bittersweet obvious nihilistic (meaning: rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless) aspects of life that certainly need to be explored, yet makes having a conversation with a nihilist nearly impossible.

I read somewhere, and I paraphrase, ”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.” And while Wolf Alice may not care what I think, if they’re rejecting everything and open to nothing but the pain, all I can ask is, ”What’s the point?” Don’t sit there afraid of the future, go out and open your own doors.” Which is pretty much what the band has done, they’ve found a means of wallowing in their own misery and making some money at the same time. Which would seem to invalidate all aspects of nihilism in favor of capitalism.

*** The Fun Facts: As to the band's name, a story called Wolf-Alice first appeared in 1979 as part of a collection of dark fairy tales by British writer Angela Carter, called The Bloody Chamber. Wolf-Alice is a variation on the old Little Red Riding Hood, about a feral child who is raised by wolves ... "Nothing about her is human except that she is not a wolf.”

Review by Jenell Kesler
gee1973

gee1973

May 9, 2018
referencing Visions Of A Life, Ltd + 2xLP, Album, Whi + 7", DH00224, DH00229, DH00222
Does this differ from the version in release Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life? If not this should be removed.
johnboy1989

johnboy1989

March 23, 2018
referencing Visions Of A Life, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Cle, DH00223
Great sounding pressing, Anyone know how many were pressed?
doctorg

doctorg

December 27, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Visions Of A Life, 2xLP, Album, 180, DH00214
Some nice songs on this album of indie noise pop, some weak songs. Not a good recording either - quite a lot of congestion and distortion in some tracks. Saying that this is the lofi intention is not convincing, this music would offer so much more to the listener if you could actually hear it. Ultimately I think that Wolf Alice have a malfunctional quality filter. This is not helped by the band naming itself after a great Angela Carter short story; talk about hubris.