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An Awesome Wave [CD]

alt-J Audio CD
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Winner of the 2012 Mercury Music Prize
Brit Award Nominated categories: Best Album, Best British Band and Best Breakthrough Act

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  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Infectious/PIAS
  • ASIN: B007RX32XK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Debut studio album by the self-proclaimed 'folk-step' band. It debuted in the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart and features the songs 'Matilda' and 'Breezeblocks'.

BBC Review

It’s hard to place Alt-J. Originally from Leeds, they spend their time in a Cambridgeshire basement making their own brand of uniquely dubbed "folk-step". However, the noises that An Awesome Wave emits far escape the dull, dark depths such a creative location suggests. Instead, it’s a stunning and encompassing affair of both innovative and electrifying musicianship and exemplary song writing.

Comparing Alt-J to contemporary artists or listing their influences is almost pointless. Each song blurs, stutters, and explodes across a tide of instruments and ideas, fresh and addictive. Breezeblocks is early Mystery Jets with Orange Juice choruses while Dissolve Me is post-Skins generation Foals cuddling up to Fleet Foxes by the campfire. It has moments of slick RnB, gorgeous folk harmonies, and even a choir of children glossing nostalgic school memories.

This album spans every workable idea, genre, and influence that can be crammed under the guitar music umbrella, yet it never feels disorientating. Instead, what swoons gracefully through speakers is an entirely comprehendible and accessible collection of beautiful pop songs.

Movement is key on this album. Samples and sounds cascade and cross with elegance, but it’s Joe Newman’s lead vocal that acts as the cement, pulling everything together and guiding it seamlessly into making sense.

Even the lyrics are creatively ambitious. On Breezeblocks he cracks, "She may contain the urge to run away but hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks / Germolene, disinfect the scene, my love." It’s not your usual Valentine’s note but it’s their way of taking on the old in a new way that really marks An Awesome Wave as a deeply exciting record.

Okay, it’s not that Alt-J can’t be pigeon-holed or placed beside peers; it’s more that they deserve more. This debut offering is strong, addictive and enthralling, the perfect accompaniment to any mood, any moment, anywhere.

--James Skinner

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a breath of fresh air 22 Sep 2012
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Personally i think this album is the breath of fresh air that music nowadays has craved. Totally original piece of work, nothing ive heard (so far) out there sounds like this.
it has elements of folk, indie, slight dub-step beats and beautiful harmonies. The band came up with a new genre to describe their music its called 'folk-step'

this album is a deserved nominee of the mercury music prize, i would put it in the top 3 out of that list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much praised and deservedly so 9 Mar 2013
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Alt j have been rightly praised for this quite beautiful and subtle work of art. If that sounds pretentious then it fits but this is forgivable as it is so good.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. 20 Jun 2012
By Tetlee
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Been struggling a bit the last year or two to find any new music that inspires.

Took a gamble on this having never heard any Alt-J before, read the reviews and listened to the audio samples and that was enough already to convince me it was worth a purchase.

Wow, what an album! definately the best new music album I've purchased in some years, absolutely wonderful from start to finish and a breath of fresh air amoung the sea of drivel that floods the market these days.

The vinyl release is a nice heavy white vinyl and as with many recent vinyl releases comes with a dowload code for an MP3 of the album, went straight on my phone for when I'm out and about :-)

Highly recommended, thanks to Alt-J my faith in great new music has been restored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... 20 Jan 2013
By K
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Just... yeah. This album is lovely. Listen to it. All of it. At once, in order.

Also, Amazon downloads are pretty good, not the cheapest of things but sound quality is excellent (obviously, you pay for it) and can be loaded onto multiple devices and burnt to CDs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well received gift 18 Jan 2013
By R. Hook
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Bought for my girlfriend & she loves it, was keen on first play & has not stopped playing it again & again in her car.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding...if it gets you (or you get it). 12 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
Not being a prolific reviewer, something has to make me feel passionate to write about it. This album has now won the Mercury Music Prize and there is much being written about it, most of which is good. Overall, there is a lot of pretentious spewing, both favourable and some not so. Just look at some of the nonsense on metacritic.
I will not demand you buy this, I will not tell you how empty your life will be without it but I will not tell you how dreadful it is either.
I feel inspired to share my opinion though, which as you have already probably guessed, is that I think it is outstanding.
It is not an easy first listen. It feels slightly disjointed and awkward at times. The vocals are unusual but they just do it for me. The lyrics are clever in places and slightly bizarre in others but allow for your own interpretaton. As familiarity with the album grew, so did my appreciation of its beauty.
It's not a particularly lively album, you won't be dancing around the living room listening to it or sticking it on to liven up a party. I actually prefer listening to it when I'm on my own.
The songs and interludes cover love, loss, pain and life. It is a wistful, emotional listen and progresses impressively throughout. It is an album that I listen to from start to finish, repeatedly.
There are also dips into modern culture. If you love the film 'Leon', you will love 'Matilda'. 'Taro' covers the fabled love of 2 war photographers. Rarely does an album make me look into the story behind songs in the way I have with Taro and Capa.
To say this is forging a new music genre is perhaps overstating things. There are hints of other bands in here.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Different 14 Jun 2012
By Dancin'
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I don't write many recommendations, nor reviews. However, I do try to invest in buying new bands' releases partly because I'm looking for something different, maybe something fresh and I think that it's important that the new is encouraged as much as possible.

Regarding this album, upon the first listen, I must admit that I wasn't sure about this CD. It certainly was different but I wasn't at all sure about the vocal style, but a few days on, and a few more listens - and I have a different view.

They are not Radiohead. But then again they are even less like anyone else either.

If you like clever, intriguing music, that ranges from the melodic acoustic interludes, to taught sharp clever and well constructed songs, then give this a go.

This is not your average garage band. Sure, maybe they've been locked in a basement for too long, but this band aspire to be technically better than most, and to be more fun - and in my opinion they are.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!! 2 Sep 2012
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Absolutely amazing, a breath of fresh air...cannot recommend it enough, you need to buy this if you care about music....
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5.0 out of 5 stars White Vinyl!
The album is great, obviously- won the 2012 mercury prize. The vinyl is matte white - really different to the usual glossy black. Read more
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Published 11 days ago by Amsterdaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Delta Belter!
Great album.
Published 13 days ago by Ian Blanchett
3.0 out of 5 stars Hipster garbage, but fine service.
Brother in law wanted this as a gift... to hang on his wall or something as he doesn't even have a Vinyl player. Hipster garbage in my opinion. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Soulless
5.0 out of 5 stars something new...
Got this for a birthday present and I really enjoy it. I had previously (due to a recommendation from that friend) bought breezeblocks. I had never heard of them previous to that. Read more
Published 19 days ago by bexs
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Published 19 days ago by Mrs Helen Zaffarese
1.0 out of 5 stars Best relegated to the deepest recesses of the wardrobe
😤Really fairly irritating and instantly forgettable
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good cd
Published 21 days ago by ms m j shears
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
Great album. Takes a little getting used to but really good.
Published 28 days ago by Lea_b
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