Teasing us with gigs and EP releases, Wolf Alice’s long-awaited debut album, My Love Is Cool is finally here. Although, the London four-piece may have just missed out on nabbing the coveted UK Number 1 spot to Florence and the Machine, this doesn’t take away from the sheer brilliance of this record. A collection of haunting ballads and raging punk tracks, this debut embodies all the beautiful contradictions of Wolf Alice.
‘Turn to Dust’ is an ethereal introduction to this 12-track collection. Ellie Rowsell demonstrates her striking ability to whisper and lure her listeners in urging them to “Keep their beady eyes’’ on her. While Rowsell’s performance of signature track ‘Bros’ at Glastonbury was below belt vocals wise, it doesn’t take away from its upbeat and jaunting guitar sound. Capturing an era of love and friendship ‘Bros’ is the perfect indie-pop summer anthem. Another standout track is the slow-burning explosion, ‘Your Loves Whore’ where the repetition of “And when we grow older we’ll still be friends” leads into imploding guitar riffs. ‘You’re a Germ’ and ‘Lisbon’ are both heavy grunge tunes, with cooing verses contrasting with a thrashing combination of guitar and drums in the latter track.
The beautiful addition of synths to ‘Silk’ in which Rowsell chants through the chorus of “Just looking for a protector, God never reached out in time” in Lana Del Ray fashion makes this track a wonderful middle point in the album. ‘Freazy’ puts the ‘pop’ in Wolf Alice’s alt-pop reputation, while ‘Giant Peach’ ,the first single from the album to be revealed is a magnificent manifestation of screaming and suspense. Drummer, Joel Amery takes over the vocals for the poetic lullaby-like “Swallow-tail” while ‘Soapy Water’ is another lamenting track. Fans shouldn’t be fooled by the innocent title of ‘Fluffy’ as its pelting drums and supreme guitar riffs rule as in previous tracks.
The album comes to a natural close with ‘Wonderwhy’ as Rowsell shouts ‘Don’t leave me here” pointing to the band’s ability to experiment with different genres, while the concealed ‘Hidden Track’ adds to the mystery and Wonderland universe of Wolf Alice.