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Pale Waves


Third album from the Manchester indie pop four-piece produced by Zakk Cervini (Limp Bizkit, Blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer)

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  1. 8.0 |   DIY

    The album is a defiant expression of darker emotions
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  2. 8.0 |   Dork

    ‘Unwanted’ is the album they have been building up to their entire lives: one perfectly matched for the times and poised to take Pale Waves to new stratospheric levels
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  3. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    Sampling the fruits of this new chapter, however, suggests Pale Waves are going to win people over. They’re doing what they love for the good of others and making hugely enjoyable music in the process. You don’t get more real than that
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  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The Mancunian quartet unapologetically embrace openness and confidence across a catalogue of anthemic pop-punk singalongs
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  5. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    The best of what Pale Waves have to offer
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    The four-piece delve into the past to forge boldly ahead, while expanding their sonic palette and finding fresh ways to speak to their fervent fanbase
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  7. 7.0 |   Clash

    Unapologetically angsty and beautifully chaotic, Pale Waves have created a safe space for fans with ‘Unwanted’. A place of pride
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  8. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    The Manchester band’s catchy, well-executed pop-punk stumbles on generic songwriting and bland ballads
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  9. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    You’d have to be a cranky sort not to be half-swayed by songs as punk/pop-friendly as Clean, Jealousy, Reasons to Live, Act My Age, Lies and the (initial) softer edges of The Hard Way
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  10. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Unwanted has genuine highlights even if it grows boring and repetitive as an album
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