The idiosyncratic duo’s most uplifting, accomplished and personal record to date, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown was written and self-produced in Oh Wonder’s own home studio, before being co-mixed with Cenzo Townshend (Bat For Lashes, Christine & The Queens, Jungle). In its 10-track entirety, it’s a record that explores a host of different emotions and experiences – some forged on the road on their last world tour (which included a Brixton Academy, amongst 300,000 world-wide tickets sold) and others from taking a break and reflecting on all that they’ve accomplished as a band so far (which includes a top 10 album, a billion streams, and global sold-out tours).
It’s therefore unsurprising that No One Else Can Wear Your Crown has an overriding message of self-acceptance, empowerment and joy. It’s all there in buoyant lead single "Happy", whose video (in which the band play out a breakup) caused a fan meltdown on announce, when many mistook it to be the actual end of Oh Wonder – including some of the pair’s own family and friends. The duo’s renewed energy is also all over the Carpe Diem spirit of first single ‘Hallelujah’ – a song of defiance that Josephine and Anthony wrote for anyone that has ever been told they can't do something.
Ultimately, it’s difficult not to leave No One Else Can Wear Your Crown feeling entirely convinced of the power of Oh Wonder. Recharged and ready for the next chapter, Oh Wonder appear more able than ever to just make it work: whether navigating the big questions of how to live and work with your partner down to the everyday drama of what happens to your dog now you have to go back on tour. No One Else Can Wear Your Crown is a candid, restorative set that offers a welcome antidote to our turbulent times, from a band firmly writing their own bright future.
A3 Better Now
A5 In And Out Of Love
B1 How It Goes
B2 Drunk On You
B3 Nothing But You
B4 I Wish I Never Met You