My Love Is Cool

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My Love Is Cool
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool.jpg
Studio album by
Released22 June 2015
Recorded2014–2015
Genre
Length48:52
51:45 (US release)
90:23 (Deluxe edition)
LabelDirty Hit
ProducerMike Crossey[1]
Wolf Alice chronology
Creature Songs
(2014)
My Love Is Cool
(2015)
Visions of a Life
(2017)
Singles from My Love Is Cool
  1. "Giant Peach"
    Released: 24 February 2015
  2. "Bros"
    Released: 17 April 2015
  3. "You're a Germ"
    Released: 10 June 2015
  4. "Freazy"
    Released: 27 November 2015
  5. "Lisbon"
    Released: 22 June 2016

My Love Is Cool is the debut studio album by the alternative rock band Wolf Alice, released on 22 June 2015 in the UK and 23 June 2015 in the US on Dirty Hit Records. This album includes the previously released singles "Bros" and "Fluffy" in re-recorded versions, and was preceded by the songs "Giant Peach" and "You're a Germ".[2] The song "Moaning Lisa Smile", which originally appeared on the EP Creature Songs, charted within the top 10 of the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart peaking at No. 9, and was also included for the US release of the album.[3] The album was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Music Prize.[4] In 2016, a deluxe edition of the album was released, containing the Blush and Creature Songs EPs, along with the B-sides to the early "Bros" and "Fluffy" singles and some more previously released material.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[9]
Mojo3/5 stars[10]
NME9/10[1]
Pitchfork7.4/10[11]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]
Uncut8/10[14]

My Love Is Cool received positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 78, based on 21 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[5] Harriet Gibsone of The Guardian called the album "familiar but invigorating indie-rock", further stating: "while the foundations of My Love Is Cool are 90s/00s shoegaze and grunge, the London quartet defibrillate their influences with the ambition of youth. It also feels like an album that's been allowed time to gestate: despite being virtually veteran in buzzband terms, they have benefited from beefing up their sound on tour – as evidenced on the heavy romance of Your Loves Whore, the dirty degenerate chug of You're a Germ, or the cinematic Turn to Dust. The awkward introversion in the lyrics – which deal with relationship strife, creepy blokes, friendship, gender and the quest for eternal love – add a sense of emotional overload driven by late nights, blood pacts and wide-eyed wonder. It's an invigorating debut with a gaunt, gallant identity of its own."[8]

Stephen Ackroyd of DIY praised the album, saying "My Love Is Cool isn't simply a great debut. It's not just a great album full stop. It's, in no uncertain terms, a remarkable one. The furthest from route one they could ever get, Wolf Alice aren't just sure of who they are; they own it."[15] MusicOMH's Graeme Marsh said the album is "as good a debut as you could hope to hear, a fresh injection of pure brilliance and beauty to a genre that is creaking under the weight of mediocrity and a lack of adventurous inventiveness."[16] AllMusic critic Heather Phares stated that "even if My Love Is Cool sacrifices some of Wolf Alice's earlier fury, the album is all the stronger for it."[6] Neil McCormick of The Telegraph wrote, "They don't quite sound like the finished article, but there is a virtuous sense of their trying to make music in service of something profound."[7] Pitchfork's Laura Snapes stated: "The confident diversity of My Love Is Cool indicates a band who have their own thing all figured out, who shouldn't veer from their own strange path to live up to outdated narratives that dictate what a young British band should be."[11]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Drowned in Sound Drowned in Sound's Favorite Albums of 2015 2015
4
[17]
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2015 2015
13
[18]
MusicOMH MusicOMH's Top 50 Albums Of 2015 2015
6
[19]
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2015 2015
4
[20]
Q 50 Albums of The Year 2015 2015
44
[21]
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2015 2015
6
[22]
Time Out London The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
6
[23]
Under the Radar Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2015 2015
3
[24]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Theo Ellis and Joel Amey.

No.TitleLength
1."Turn to Dust"3:07
2."Bros"3:44
3."Your Loves Whore"4:57
4."You're a Germ"2:53
5."Lisbon"3:26
6."Silk"4:03
7."Freazy"3:14
8."Giant Peach"4:35
9."Swallowtail"5:41
10."Soapy Water"3:42
11."Fluffy"2:44
12."The Wonderwhy" (includes hidden track "My Love Is Cool"[11])6:46
Total length:48:52

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25] 41
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 148
Irish Albums (IRMA)[27] 37
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 2
US Billboard 200[29] 90

Personnel[edit]

  • Ellie Rowsell – Lead vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, Hammond organ, omnichord, background vocals on "Swallowtail"
  • Joff Oddie – Guitar, synthesizer, banjo, violin, background vocals, programming
  • Theo Ellis – Bass guitar, synthesizer, background vocals
  • Joel Amey – Drums, organ, percussion, synthesizer, background vocals, lead vocals on "Swallowtail"

References[edit]

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  7. ^ a b McCormick, Neil (14 June 2015). "Wolf Alice, My Love Is Cool, review: 'feral and sophisticated'". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b Gibsone, Harriet (18 June 2015). "Wolf Alice: My Love Is Cool review – familiar but invigorating indie-rock". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  9. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (19 June 2015). "Wolf Alice: My Love is Cool | Album Review". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 28 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
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  23. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Time Out London. 17 December 2015. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2015". Under the Radar. 16 December 2017. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
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