Review: Dream Wife by Dream Wife

Dream Wife by Dream WifeWell, this one’s fun. Dream Wife is a band I would not have encountered until a friend began raving about them, and just in time for their eponymous debut full-length. And, yes, this one’s fun. Based in London, the trio definitely mines from the riot-grrl tradition, with driving guitars and rumbling bass lines and Rakel Mjöll’s incredibly engaging vocal. Perhaps it’s also a bit of timing, considering the #MeToo movement gaining ground – perhaps it’s why we’re paying a little more attention to their confident (but not rowdy, not always at least) explorations of female sexuality. They’re not really breaking any ground, but does it matter? Dream Wife is fun, absolutely fun. Even as the album starts winding down (only to be kicked up again by “F.U.U.”, a highlight in a record of highlights) you never lose ground, you never lose pace, you never want to leave the party. It’s a fun find. [NB]4/5

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