- Audio CD (28 May 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Infectious/PIAS
- ASIN: B007RX32XK
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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An Awesome Wave CD
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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'.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
and this is one of those wow moments just buy it now you wont be dissapointed
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ALT-JJJJJJJJ in the house.... hmmm ok yes this is a review great album love it....Published 1 month ago by Drunen
Quality album, listened to both sides then straight back on again! Very good pressing,especially being coloured vinyl - buy it.Published 2 months ago by Longside
Don't understand one liner critics? All music is personal. Its a choice you take. Here on Amazon you can listen to clips of tracks before you part with well earned cash! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. P. R. Stott
Great album, if you've not heard Alt-J before be prepared to be blown away, their music is somehow both relaxing and upbeat, fantastic purchase.Published 5 months ago by adam taylor
Noticed that the songs would just skip parts randomly which I was quite disappointed with. Sound was OK and it looks nice with the white record.Published 6 months ago by Conor Ohag