An Awesome Wave

alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ratings: #78 / 1095
Year End Rank: #18
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Based on 889 ratings
2012 Ratings: #57
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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.

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.


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

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.


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.

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Alternative Hyphen J
Such a unique blend of genres that works so well. Alt-J sounds like no one but themselves. One of my favorite albums of the 2010s.

Does this album work in your opinion? Let's discuss below in the comments. As always, have a great day.
In my opinion, this was the pinnacle of the early 2010's indie/alternative scene. The bizarre and jarring nature of this album, as well as just how beautifully arranged the songs are makes this such a breeze to listen to.

I will say that if the interlude passages were left out of this album, this probably would have been a 10 for me. However they are here, and well... like most interludes on albums nowadays, they serve more as padding rather than actually including anything particularly ... read more
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
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Added on: June 9, 2012