An Awesome Wave

alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ratings: #85 / 1098
Year End Rank: #18
User Score
2012 Ratings: #63
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

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
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
The Needle Drop
On their full-length debut, the UK's Alt-J bursts out of the gate with a group of songs that are equal parts creative, eccentric, and playful. Art pop for those with sunny dispositions.
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.

BGL13
74

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55

Alternative Hyphen J

Jc9ers
83

Alt-J was formed as an Indie Rock band in 2007 by Joe Newman, Thomas Stuart (Thom Sonny) Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton, and Gwilym Sainsbury in Leeds. The band's name comes from the combinations of keys pressed to get the symbol Δ on a Mac computer. The soon-to-be band all went to university together at Leeds where the members would start recording and writing music in the university hall rooms. After graduating, the members would go on to record and write music for several months before ... read more

SnowyFighter
75

It’s a pretty mildly impressive wave

I like this album. It’s kind of a strange one for me though. I kinda don’t like the vocalist, but after awhile I got used to it..? I think? Maybe it was just the impressive atmospheres and melodies that shine through and made it a bit more passable for me. Idk I’m not completely blown away but there are definitely some good songs like Something Good, Matilda and Taro. Breezeblocks is definitely a popular one but it’s still ... read more

tmthy
100

Throughout the 10 years this album has been out, it has consistently stayed in my top 5 albums of all time. I would listen to this album every single day growing up in the shower at night or right before I went to bed and it has helped me through many rough parts in my life.

Nowadays, listening to this album leaves me with the feeling of pure bliss and nostalgia; something that no other album can replicate. I have such a deep seeded relationship with this album and these feelings will stay ... read more

ImpalaLT
92

This album is exactly what the album title says.

Favorite: Breezeblocks
Least Favorite: Interlude 2

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Track List

1Intro
2:37
86
2Interlude 1
1:12
82
3Tessellate
3:02
91
4Breezeblocks
3:47
95
5Interlude 2
1:17
79
6Something Good
3:38
88
7Dissolve Me
3:59
86
8Matilda
3:48
81
9Ms
3:58
81
10Fitzpleasure
3:39
89
11Interlude 3
0:53
77
12Bloodflood
4:09
89
13Taro
5:14
92
14Hand-Made
2:37
80
Total Length: 43 minutes
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Added on: June 9, 2012