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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British indie pop band led by Heather Baron-Gracie was co-produced by The 1975's Matty Healy and George Daniel (as well as Jonathan Gilmore and the band's drummer Ciara Doran).
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
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  1. 80
    These young Mancunians have perfected what makes pop such an addictive, essential genre, and My Mind Makes Noises is both immediate and idiosyncratic. Pale Waves’ presence may be gloomy, but their songwriting and ambition could not be brighter.
  2. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    For all their goth rock exterior, My Mind Makes Noises is ultimately a pop record with substance at its core.
  3. Sep 19, 2018
    70
    Battle-hardened by lengthy tours across the land and beyond, Pale Waves bring that energy into the studio on a crisp, effervescent debut LP.
  4. Q Magazine
    Sep 13, 2018
    60
    A promising start, but there's room for improvement. [Oct 2018, p.108]
  5. Sep 17, 2018
    60
    14 tracks stretches the hooks a little thin, but My Mind Makes Noises boasts pop craft to rival big-money production teams, and much better eyeliner to boot.
  6. Sep 13, 2018
    40
    The songs start to blur into each other, Baron-Gracie’s vocal affectations become grating, and the sense that Pale Waves might be writing to a formula becomes difficult to shake. You’re left with an album with ambitions bigger than its abilities.
  7. 40
    It’s fine to be influenced by one particular band, but they need to find their own voice or risk being known as little more than The 1975’s pale imitators.

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  1. Sep 14, 2018
    8
    It's like 80's pop and modern indie-rock get into a beautiful car crash while they're going to the prom. So the creature that emerges fromIt's like 80's pop and modern indie-rock get into a beautiful car crash while they're going to the prom. So the creature that emerges from this formula is the singer ghost of an emo-past.
    Beautiful debut album, I only wish they can grow both sonically and vocally cause the songs start blending one into each other at some point. Which it could be because it's a debut album and they were able to create their own sound, but in the other case it could be just a sort of music-formula that create a sense of one-trick pony.
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