"Heavenward" is a gentle yet euphoric plunge into swirling alt-rock, front woman Ellie Rowsell's voice calling out amidst woozy guitars. The album is front-loaded with singles: highlight "Don't Delete The Kisses" is bouncy and melodic, featuring Rowsell's spoken word in the verses. "When I see you, the whole world reduces," she whispers. Restraint is heard in "Planet Hunter," which allows for sweet vocal harmonies and atmospheric sounds to come through.
In balancing out cathartic moments and understated sections on the album, Wolf Alice's unrestrained power is all the more explosive — see "Yuk Foo." A groove and confidence is found in "Formidable Cool," which has a sinister narrative. At times the music meanders a little, especially as the album comes to a close with the title track, but hats off to the band for pushing themselves on Visions of a Life. (Dirty Hit)