Track Review – Baby Ain’t Made Of China / Wolf Alice

On the back of this years’ pretty amazing My Love Is Cool, ‘Baby Ain’t Cool’ is the new b-side which you can snap up for free right now. It serves as a softer, sweeter side to ‘You’re A Germ’, but retains the American-affecting vocals at points where Ellie Rowsell sings ‘Wash those tears away’. The instrumentation starts subtly, with drums that almost sound synthetic, but are actually just wrapped in tinny effects. The effect is mixed. However, the chorus brings in the kind of grungy distorted guitars you’d expect on ‘Your Love’s Whore’ or ‘Giant Peach’. The vocals are spot on, as always. They soar over the chorus and work even better when backing vocals come in over the last chorus. When Rowsell sings ‘Give me a reason to care’ at the end of the track it’s a moment that could slot right next to any of the emotional highpoints of My Love Is Cool.

It’s important to recognise that ‘Baby Ain’t Made Of China’ is a b-side that follows the same structural cycle as every other grungy Wolf Alice song. There’s nothing in terms of experimentation, though that’s a big ask for any artist sticking an album offcut onto the b-side of their latest single. As a continuation of My Love Is Cool, however, it’s certainly not a bad song to leave on the cutting room floor.