Wolf Alice: My Love Is Cool (Dirty Hit)
Posted by: Mark Sutherland @ August 28, 2015
“Keep your beady eyes on me,” are the first words sung by frontwoman Ellie Rowsell on Wolf Alice’s debut album. What’s more, she delivers them with the air of someone secure in the knowledge that the alternative world is increasingly unable to put its eyes anywhere else. My Love Is Cool has already been hailed as the best rock debut of the decade and only missed out on the Number One slot when Florence And The Machine rode a post-Glasto uplift to pip them at the post. Even better, My Love Is Cool offers much more than their grungy live reputation might have suggested. The beguiling likes of Turn To Dust and Bros initially seem to indicate a band that’s more Alice (in shoegaze wonderland) than Wolf (at the punk rock door), until you realise this band remains emotionally feral, even during its tamer musical moments. “Are you wild like me?” asks Rowsell on Bros, “Raised by wolves and other beasts?” So when they do get savage – as on the caustic, Veruca Salt-esque You’re A Germ – it bites all the harder. And there’s more than enough invention and emotional weight here to ensure Wolf Alice are a band not just to keep your eye on, but to give your full attention.