Angel Miners & the Lightning Riders

AWOLNATION - Angel Miners & the Lightning Riders
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
2020 Ratings: #1033
Liked by 6 people
April 24, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

There isn't a dud to be found on this album, and it's refreshing to see Bruno allow for some lighthearted fun, cathartic vulnerability, and spatial experimentation after three LP's worth of hardened, overly aggressive, and self-serious hard rock anthems.

75
The Young Folks

An album that blends the electronic energy of Megalithic Symphony and Run and the soul and sincerity of Here Come the Runts, with some surprises along the way.

64
Sputnikmusic

Long story short, the album sums up pretty much everything AWOLNATION indulged in so far. The actual rock leanings on Here Come the Runts revealed some unexplored potential, thus creating a somewhat cohesive listen. However, you can't help but feel as if Bruno is his own enemy on this record.

Jazpurz
60
"Angel Miners and the Lightning Riders...FOOL."

I really like Awolnation. Aaron Bruno is undoubtedly a gifted songwriter, and while many people would disagree with me I think his band fills a needed position in modern rock. Interestingly enough every time Awolnation start up another album cycle I enjoy it about equally as much as everything else they've ever done. That's a rare feat for any band to accomplish in my book. The same was true leading up to the release of this new record ... read more
Plats
62
"Angel Miners & the Lightning Riders" is pretty consistent with other AWOLNATION recordings. The only big improvement is that it definitely feels tighter and shorter than their other albums. Aaron Bruno's performances are still reasonably solid, the production is mostly decent and this is probably the most aggressive they've ever sounded. Otherwise, this is still a formulaic rock album with a few forgettable duds. One song is outright bad, due to how terrible some of the synths ... read more
South101
68
Is this album a flawless masterpiece? Hell no! Is is fun? Hell yes!

I was sort of excited for this one. Not all of the singles were great though. Slam (Angel Miners) is pretty bad but I loved Mayday!!! Fiesta Fever. The Best and California Halo Blue were good but not amazing. Even after Slam (Angel Miners) I still had hope for this album. So, how did the album do? Well, this is Awolnation's shortest and tightest album to date. One of the problems myself and others have had with other ... read more
ymmot625
90
It’s interesting. I love the production where they throw guitar into modern production.
JayCrackers
46
I am not one who would defend AWOLNATION for most part i find them to be completely forgettable or decent and only know them due to Sail and Run which one is a good song and one is bad, I'll let you decide which one i think is which. So, they come back in 2020 and they move towards a more alternative dance route within they're known pop rock sound and well it just forgettable, nothing really stands out here. its just dull and uninspired but in all honestly I wasn't expect much from this record ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Best
  2. Slam (Angel Miners)
  3. Mayday!!! Fiesta Fever (feat. Alex Ebert)
  4. Lightning Riders
  5. California Halo Blue
  6. Radical
  7. Battered, Black & Blue (Hole in My Heart)
  8. Pacific Coast Highway in the Movies (feat. Rivers Cuomo)
  9. Half Italian
  10. I'm a Wreck
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Added on: January 24, 2020