Who Should Buy This: Fans of electronic/alternative music, people who value creativity and the creative process, and those who ponder upon inter and intrapersonal relationships within humanity.
Artist: Oh Wonder
Genre: alternative, electronic, pop
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Sounds Like: Broods, LANY, Lewis Watson
Best thing About this Album: Anthony and Josephine are absolutely phenomenal writers. Their care and attention to detail in crafting and blending layers of sound is always an absolute joy to behold. They also have a fantastic way of throwing out beautifully bizarre lyrical phrases that paint wonderfully weird imagery.
One thing I wish was different: I really appreciate that this album offered an expansion on their sound and showcased different facets of Oh Wonder. However, that means that there is less of each side showcased. I can’t really think of anything negative about this album, but people will inevitably be drawn to one side of their sound, and will want more of their own preference. For me, I could’ve done with slightly less electronic sound alteration. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ That’s a stupid criticism though. I’m reaching here.
Website: Oh Wonder
Favorites: Ultralife, Lifetimes, High On Humans, Bigger Than Love, Slip Away, My Friends
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
The new Oh Wonder album is here, and it’s got me living Ultralife! We are treated once again to the fantastic writing relationship founded in jazz theory, masterful production, the correct amount of cerebral application, and a whole lot of heart! Since this was their first album intended to be released as a singlular composite, we have a much more pointed thematic journey in this album (their self-titled album having had its genesis as a songwriting portfolio), traversing the mindscapes of loneliness and human connectivity.
Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better lyrical sample of the whole album. Take a look and then take a listen!
“I need to be solo. Freedom in the mono. Find a space and let go.” — Solo
“I got so much soul inside my bones.” — Ultralife
“Hope dropped down like a domino, but we let it go on and on.” — Lifetimes
“We won’t stop lighting our minds up.” — High On Humans
“You only seek to never die.” — All About You
“I could hold you endlessly. Ultralife, just you and me.” — Heavy
“We found love on an empty page, killed the stars above trying to fight the fate.” — Bigger Than Love
“Like two satellites in separate orbit. Like a quiet life that slowly distorted.” — Heart Strings
“When the day turns to night, I slip away and lose my mind.” — Slip Away
“Hide the words you want to scream. Take my heart slowly out of me.” — Overgrown
“Can I beat within your heart? Can I bleed within your love?” — My Friends
“There’s a space in between, like a grey evergreen, where the hurt never meant stops to linger.” — Waste
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Oh Wonder by purchasing the album from their website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.