Album Review: 22 Make by Oh Wonder ★★★★☆

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Oh Wonder’s ’22 Make’ has finally been released after its delay in July this year. However, it means that its release date coincides with the first anniversary of its sister album, ’22 Break’.

For those unfamiliar, the indie pop duo had a turbulent covid pandemic which led to their relationship faltering and their eventual reconciliation which they channelled into ’22 Break/Make’. One album about the downfall of a relationship and the other about being in love.

Unfortunately, ’22 Make’ fell off many fans’ radars after it was delayed, and the reception and popularity of the album may not be as strong as they could’ve been.

The work itself is a perfect companion piece to ’22 Break’, although slightly weaker overall.

4 songs from the album were previously released singles, those are; ‘Magnificent’, ‘True Romance’, ‘Can We Always Be Friends?’, ‘F-ck it I love you’.

‘Magnificent’ still proves itself to be one of the band’s best songs yet. It reflects on Josephine and Anthony’s first meeting. How if you don’t take a chance and introduce yourself, you could miss out on being with the person you want to be with.

‘If I never told you my name, we would be strangers. And I wonder what we’d have made if we were two. Nothing as magnificent. Got nothing on me and you’.

Magnificent

It’s the slowest, most reflective tune here and the simple accompaniment is very subtly enchanting. It’s a long way from the heatedness of its predecessor’s ‘Don’t Let the Neighbourhood Hear’.

Most of the new non-single tracks aren’t as memorable as ones from ‘Break’ or ‘Ultralife’, but ‘Sweet Disaster’ & ‘Little Tigers’ definitely deserve a place in the top echelon of Oh Wonder and are much stronger than singles ‘Can We Always Be Friends?’ and ‘True Romance’.

Not that those tracks aren’t worth the listen, but for a band that normally are good at picking singles, these are underwhelming choices.

‘F-ck It I Love You’ feels right out of the Ultralife era and is an absolute crowd-pleaser live.

’22 Make’ marks another slight sound change for Oh Wonder & works as a companion piece to ’22 Break’, but some poor single choices and lack of variety prevent it from reaching the heights of that album.

Image Credit: DIY Magazine

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