Wilson Minds ‘I Am We Are’ – ALBUM REVIEW

Wilson Minds released their debut LP ‘I Am We Are’, last month – an album full of experimental Western-American influences that flirts with a dark-rock-blues theme.

Album opener ‘Dance ‘Til Morning Comes’ incorporates a bluesy spin on the modern day sinister guitar theme. Thrown out the window are the ideas of following the synthy, shoe gazing crowd. Instead, Wilson Minds have created a dark, twisted genre of their own; sprinkling this particular song with heavy elements of the deep west. The ‘deep west’ theme continues through ‘Face It Cracks’ as Paul Wilkes snarls ‘your face it cracks / it doesn’t smile’, shortly followed by a Liam Gallagher-esque roar that rips through the atmosphere. Pummelling head-first through track three, ‘Just Say Something’, Wilson Minds start to make their mark through their use of notoriously swinging guitar riffs, assorted with diabolically haunting, crashing symbols.

On a more mellow note, Wilkes’ voice bubbles with emotion over the chinking melody of ‘Merry Go Train’ , creating a perfect, dark American rock vibe. On the second half of the album, the tempo drops dramatically, creating a more mature and sophisticated listener experience. ‘I Got The Soul’ is definitely a highlight, with its powerful rock guitar riffs rippling the surface, and a bass line that drives the song into oblivion.

Although final track, ‘Seen It All’, isn’t the dramatic ending one may expect, a hidden un-named track (sounding eerily similar to Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’) seems the perfect finale. As a gently plucked acoustic guitar lies under the passionate lead vocals that cry heart-break, it is easily the most beautiful work penned for this album.

‘I Am, We Are’ is a debut album from a band that have so much more promise than they have let on. With each song filled with a raw emotion that artists find hard to capture in their music alone, it’s fair to say this band have landed.

Ella Scott


Ella Scott

Ella Scott

Gigslutz Editor, token Geordie and Blur fangirl. Naturally, achieving Vicky Pattinson's VIP edge is what drives me to get up in the morning.