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Album Review: Oh Wonder - No One Else Can Wear Your Crown

6 February 2020 | 9:01 am | Keira Leonard

"[A] compelling collection of dreamy odes and empowering melodies."

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London’s alt-pop duo Oh Wonder have created a compelling collection of dreamy odes and empowering melodies with their third studio album No One Else Can Wear Your Crown, providing a clashing sense of both tranquillity and chaos.

The album is a love child of The 1975 and Taylor Swift; the playful yet petty Happy a good example. Think the former's Somebody Else (2016) mixed with the latter's I Forgot That You Existed (2019). It’s a sure-fire hit, so no surprises that the pair chose this as one of the lead singles. 

In And Out Of Love is distinct from the previous tracks, it’s pleasingly gentle after the electro-pop fiesta we’ve experienced thus far. The piano-driven tune is where the duo really shines. It’s delicate, with simple but punchy romantic confessionals. Another surprise turn, and the ultimate highlight, is delivered in the jazz-style opening of How It Goes.

The unique sounds and stories throughout the record all piece together to create an electro-pop tale about passion, vulnerability and liberation.