“Oh Wonder” is perfect for study vibes

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"Oh Wonder" band members Josephine Vander and Anthony West. Photo courtesy of billboard.com

“Oh Wonder” is the name of a very widely successful London based alt-pop duo consisting of a couple, Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht. They have played sold-out shows in a multitude of arenas and concert venues from New York City to London and even Paris. They started to really gain popularity in America after they were featured in the song “The Way Life Goes” by hip hop artist Lil Uzi Vert on his third studio album Luv Is Rage 2. This weekend, “Oh Wonder” released its third studio album No One Else Can Wear Your Crown. The album is your classic softcore-pop experience, perfect for those study vibes I know fellow students seem to be looking forever for. The album is marketed on Apple Music as “gentle electro-pop to stir the soul,” which is as accurate a description for this album you’ll find out there. No One Else Can Wear Your Crown is a total of 15 songs that add up to 48 minutes of listening although, the last five songs are different versions of some of the first 10 songs on the album.

Throughout the entire album, you are continually graced with the duet of Anthony and Josephine blissfully, almost talking softly to you throughout the album. The first song on the album, “Dust,” features a piano brushed over with an ever so light electro-pop melody in the background, with words of encouragement to help you power through whatever it is that you are doing. The third song on the album, “Better Now,” was performed live before No One Else Can Wear Your Crown was released at an intimate show “Oh Wonder” did in London. The song is about a person who has been hospitalized, and the duo expresses their well-wishes and hopes for the person to get better.

The fifth song on the album, “In and Out of Love,” features a solemn melody that feels reminiscent of a song by the band “Bastille.” It’s easily one of the most memorable songs of the album as Josephine and Anthony highlight feelings about each other being the others’ “the one” and what they would do if they had not met each other.

For the final song on the album, “Nebraska,” Anthony and Josephine explain the song like this, “Seven years of being a couple in a band is a pretty crazy concept for a relationship. It’s rare that we spend more than a few hours apart from each other, and that intensity was something we unknowingly challenged when we wrote this song. Ironically, we have never been to Nebraska.” The song features a hushed, soft melody, which is perfect background music to fuel that study vibe.

Overall on a scale of one to five, with five being the best, I give No One Else Can Wear Your Crown a solid three. It’s a great album, but overall, it just doesn’t have that “pop-out” song or unique sound that makes it stand out from other albums in the softcore genre. Maybe if I was British, they would get a four.

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