2018 has been an eventful year for music but nothing measures up to the success of Pale Waves. In the space of months, Pale Waves have risen to become reigning emo pop perfectionists. Their latest EP, All The Things I Never Said, was a succinct depiction of the bandâ€™s addictive sound and personal, yet broadly appealing, lyrics. The bandâ€™s debut album, My Mind Makes Noises, is nothing short of outstanding, but itâ€™s not quite perfect.
While the album is officially released September 14th, SlantedPress was fortunate enough to get an early listen to the album. My Mind Makes Noises is unlike any other album Iâ€™ve come across. For a debut, the album is a promising showcase of the bandâ€™s potential. Opening with the familiar â€˜Eighteenâ€™, â€˜Thereâ€™s A Honeyâ€™, and â€˜Noisesâ€™, the album kicks off with a strong start, but itâ€™s the middle of this album where Pale Waves really show their style. Thereâ€™s no doubt the opening few songs are strong contenders, but tracks such as â€˜Came In Closeâ€™, â€˜Loveless Girlâ€™, and â€˜Driveâ€™ really embody Pale Wavesâ€™ ability to create polished emo pop. The middle few songs are addictive, electric and lyrically sound.
After the high of such well-produced songs, the album quality backtracks a little with the likes of â€˜Where Did I Lose It Allâ€™. The song offers a welcomed album break with a slower pace that gradually builds throughout, but I still canâ€™t push the idea of it feeling like a filler track. Next is â€˜Sheâ€™ and if the album has a criticism itâ€™d be this track. The song feels neither here or there and comes across as a little safe, especially when Pale Waves have showcased what theyâ€™re capable of with hit tracks â€˜Driveâ€™ and â€˜Noisesâ€™. The album continues to plateau with â€˜One More Timeâ€™. Trying to recall the track from memory felt impossible as there was nothing special about it. However, all is not lost once you hit â€˜Television Romanceâ€™, the iconic track marks a swift change in album quality. â€˜Redâ€™ quickly follows and itâ€™s another clean, catchy tune. The song blends Pale Wavesâ€™ signature sound with sentimental lyrics to create a powerful pop anthem that is impossible to dislike. The album neatly concludes with easy listening pop tracks â€˜Kissâ€™ and â€˜Blackâ€™ and closes with emotive â€˜Karl (I Wonder What Itâ€™s Like To Die)â€™. Lyrically, the track holds up to the rest of the album, but, vocally, itâ€™s one of the weaker Pale Waves songs, especially as a closing track.
Conclusively, Pale Wavesâ€™ debut album is brimming with hits and catchy hooks. The lyrics are polished, the production feels clean and songs like â€˜Driveâ€™ and â€˜Redâ€™ show Pale Waves are capable of pushing boundaries with their music. That said, I worry the band are falling into their own honey trap. Several of their songs feel like glamourized imitations of previously released songs which takes away from the brilliance of My Mind Makes Noises. Overall, itâ€™s a solid debut and the band can only get better from here.
You can check out the music video for 'Noises' here: