An Awesome Wave

alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2012 Ratings: #87 / 946
Year End Rank: #19
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Based on 516 ratings
2012 Ratings: #83
May 28, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Drowned in Sound

Whatever alt-j were aiming for with their debut album, they have managed to prove their value as talented musicians, literary enthusiasts and imagery aficionados.

80
Under The Radar

It's uncommon for bands to achieve cohesiveness amidst such high levels of quirk; on their debut, Alt-J have done much better than that.

80
PopMatters

It risks feeling frustrated and frustrating, but Alt-J’s bizarre pop is ultimately rooted solidly in pathos, in a sort of blighted redemption.

50
A.V. Club

An Awesome Wave washes over its beached listeners, pleasantly cooling them for a second, then making its retreat back into an ocean of sameness.

48
Pitchfork

It's both overstuffed and messy, and so overworked that what life there may once have been now exists as a kind of primordial paste.

davecoop18
86
Wow the lead singer CHANGED HIS VOICE! How dare he. In fact, actors should not be allowed to get away with this treachery, even if it is enjoyable for us to listen to. I'm looking at you Daniel Day-Lewis. You should only act in British movies. Same with you Alt-J man! You lied to us all with your unique singing style.

Favorite Tracks: the ones with the fake accents
MinatoArisato
55
I can hear why a lot of people like this record but something about it just doesn't connect with me or feel all that memorable. It's a bit of a strange alternative record that doesn't feel bad just not like something I would return to.

Best Track: Something Good
Worst Track: (The Ripe & Ruin)
NervousYoungMan
83
A rock band debut doesn't get better than this. From the beautiful melodies in taro to the haunting vocals in Fitzpleasure, this shit is a classic. Sooo many great songs on this.
Faber87
81
On their debut, Alt-J have done a great job.
MarkCooper
35
Fake accent just to sound appealing to 14 year old girls
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Track List

  1. Intro 
  2. (Interlude 1) 
  3. Tessellate 
  4. Breezeblocks 
  5. (Interlude 2) 
  6. Something Good 
  7. Dissolve Me 
  8. Matilda 
  9. Ms 
  10. Fitzpleasure 
  11. (Interlude 3) 
  12. Bloodflood 
  13. Taro 
  14. Hand-Made
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Added on: June 9, 2012