Hazel English - Wake UP!
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #310 / 387
User Score
Based on 188 ratings
2020 Ratings: #185
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April 24, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

The album pops with memories of a time we might not have been in, and English's words make you feel alive.

80
Clash

With a new sharpness, Hazel English has delved into a sophistication that dynamically blends her previous music to create an oscillation of hard and soft that exudes in her tonality.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Fizzing with melodies, the dream-pop infused aura that emanates throughout is charming and vastly uncomplicated. Her vintage aesthetic sealing the deal.

78
Beats Per Minute

In many ways, Wake UP! seems to find Hazel English in a more comfortable place, with much of the resignation and fear of her prior work usurped by an even more jangly, catchy lyricism.

70
Northern Transmissions

English has channeled her interest in old movies, vintage clothing added in a dash of surrealism and crafted a beautifully winning debut.

70
AllMusic

A more vibrant, polished affair than her EPs.

69
Paste

After demonstrating intimacy and charm on her earlier material, English shows with Wake UP! that she’s capable of making a bright, big-sounding album.

60
The Independent

This graceful debut is led by a voice so sweetly soothing and expressive that it recalls both Lana del Rey and Hope Sandoval.

60
God Is in the TV

Unfortunately the original message dilutes through the album and the last half of the record contains predictable relationship themes with music that lacks any real surprises. Hazel’s laid back voice isn’t that strong or unique enough to add weight to those average moments.

60
musicOMH

Listening to Wake UP!, you get the feeling that, with a bit of added confidence and willingness to take a few more risks, English’s next album could be something pretty special.

60
Under The Radar

These pleasant tunes don’t have enough sharp dynamics to give them an edge and so end up as mostly fluff without so much substance and represent the reflective mood of the album.

Doublez
74
Wake UP! has two faces that complement each other to create a sunny pop rock hybrid album that combines a psychedelic 60s dream pop with an energetic indie pop sound. Throughout the album, you'll feel this sixties time gap and this modern approach both in some aspects of the production that lyrically, never stop disorienting you temporally to probably try to break some stereotypes, while sounding current. To tell the truth, you won't learn anything musically here, I wasn't really surprised for ... read more
MasterCrackfox
77
Hazel English's debut LP Wake UP! has, from my viewing, already been compared to a 60s style of psychedelic sun-kissed sound from many major review sites. Although this comparison applies to many tracks, elsewhere the sound of this album trails into folksy areas and pop realms among many other sonic landscapes. Sure a reverby style in the vein of a more modern 60s sound, a la Tame Impala's Innerspeaker taking on a similar feat of revisiting the past but giving it an updated sound, but English ... read more
musicmagpie55
81
Carmen Sandiego, I love your work!

Hazel English has been a personal favorite of mine since her lovely double EP. She embodies #yesgirlgivemenothing energy; she often disappears under a wave of repeating guitar lines. The effect is a unique form of dream pop that is both wonderfully open and intimate and personal. There are very few artists making music as easy and simple as Hazel English; it's a real and underappreciated skill.

Wake Up! offers even more straightforward, beautifully composed ... read more
JohnLouisHoward
84
authentic indie-pop goodness flows freely through most of Hazel's debut album. after a long string of excellent singles like "Make It Better", and a fine EP collection, it was due time for a full length statement. her best songs have a distinct sixties Saturday afternoon dance party vibe to them and she would have been the star of "the stroll" back in the day. she also tries some dream pop and standard pop fare here, but I think to less success. her core sound is so ... read more
jrodrigues
80
love at first listen. the album is nostalgic and there are plenty of indie/dream pop greatness here. btw the cover is AMAZING.
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Track List

  1. Born Like
  2. Shaking
  3. Wake UP!
  4. Off My Mind
  5. Combat
  6. Five and Dime
  7. Like a Drug
  8. Waiting
  9. Milk and Honey
  10. Work It Out
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Added on: January 29, 2020