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My Mind Makes Noise

Pale Waves

My Mind Makes Noise

The Mancunian indie pop four-piece's debut, with production from Jonathan Gilmore and The 1975's George Daniel and Matthew Healy

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  1. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Where the songs are tinged with a greater gothic melancholy, such as Loveless Girl and Black, the band feel at their most individual and interesting. This is an accomplished debut with the promise of more to come
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  2. 8.0 |   DIY

    For all their goth rock exterior, ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ is ultimately a pop record with substance at its core
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  3. 8.0 |   NME

    Their debut album encapsulates everything Pale Waves are: emotional, arresting and endearing
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    These young Mancunians have perfected what makes pop such an addictive, essential genre, and My Mind Makes Noises is both immediate and idiosyncratic
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  5. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Sure, the lyrics might need a bit of polishing, but this is a strong debut from a band who understood the beauty of a POP song
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  6. 7.0 |   Clash

    Outsider pop has rarely seemed so glamorous
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  7. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    The record makes a strong argument for the band as the leading entry in the growing genre of 1975-core
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  8. 6.0 |   The Observer

    My Mind Makes Noises boasts pop craft to rival big-money production teams, and much better eyeliner to boot
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  9. 6.0 |   Q

    There's room for improvement. Print edition only

  10. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Pale Waves wrap the singer’s words in shabby electronic orchestration that’s sugary to the point of turning acidic and the occasional echoing guitar line that recalls Coldplay at their most trite
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  11. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Pale Waves show flashes of potential but an awful lot of mimicry
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  12. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    As a band, their idiosyncrasies are currently all visual, rather than musical: after a while, the songs start to blur into each other
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  13. 3.0 |   The Music

    Lead vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie sounds bored, and while her voice is technically proficient, it sounds utterly anonymous
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