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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B008OW1S3O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343 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

Editorial Reviews

Alt-J are a four piece that met while attending Leeds University in the UK. They signed to Infectious Records (Temper Trap, Local Natives) for Europe and the rest of the world before signing with Canvasback/ Atlantic for North America.

Customer Reviews

Easily one of the best albums of the year.
Adam Podboy
Although that's still my favorite song, the rest of the album is very good.
Lindsay Dawn
Listen to this album with a good pair of headphones the first time.
Opal Will

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Silbernagel on June 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Alt-J (triangle/increment on a Mac) could be categorized as indie, but that doesn't seem fair. The experimental sound that this quartet created for "An Awesome Wave" is smooth and satisfying but not dominating to ward off the normal crowd. Expansive instrumentation and distinctive vocals will envelop you. From the opening track with use of piano and synthesizer you may try to find familiarity, but the following short a cappella intermission will throw that directly out the window.

Vocal harmonies can be heard throughout the album to accompany some brilliant, albeit simple, guitar work. Sometimes we can feel that intricate instrumentation is needed to build a unique sound, but some artists have shown us differently and this is a prime example. However, I do not want to downplay the ingenious work on this album. You will be stunned.

"An Awesome Wave" is easily one of the best albums of the year. What really sucked me in was the way everything flowed incredibly well from track to track--each so different and refreshing that you won't find yourself skipping back and forth to your favorites the first few times through.
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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Anisicoria on July 28, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This album is stunningly, hauntingly beautiful. I find myself in the somewhat unfamiliar position of being *that* gal... The one so excited about some band you never heard of.

Give this album a listen. I haven't been so affected by an album in years. Who cares what the genre is... Does it even have one? The harmonic complexities tug at my soul, and each song is catchy, makes you want to move, but is also haunting and bittersweet.

Love.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr on January 28, 2013
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The first time I heard Alt-J I wasn't so sure. What initially pulled me back to them thought was the line "Triangles are my favorite shape" in the song Tessellate. Something about that just caught me, and made me realize that there was something going on here that I didn't know about. Well, after a couple weeks of finding myself again and again looking them up on Spotify for another taste I decided it was time to invest. After that it took no time at all before they had infiltrated my brain and taken over completely.

I don't always care so much about whether or not music manages to do something "new". I think "newness" is generally pretty over-rated actually, or at least the single minded pursuit of it. But something like this album...

It feels to me that in this case the incredibly unique sound wasn't the goal, but instead more of a bi-product of a group of people really digging down to the core of things, to their own core, and getting to that point where in order to stay true to yourself you can't help but revolutionize.

Music like this makes you look forward to the future while still reconnecting to the past. It brings people together. It does exactly what music is supposed to do. Good work.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Eric Slyter on September 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Rarely do I hear something that sounds so completely fresh and groovy at the same time. An Awesome Wave finds this English band synthesizing elements of art rock, jam band, and pop music in a way that I believe had yet to be done. This band isn't for everyone, for sure. But I think it will work for A LOT of people. I spend most of my free time making, listening to, and discovering new music and this album will definitely find a place in my top ten albums of 2012 list as well as my best albums of all time list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Skillet Head on January 21, 2014
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Today, it's rare to stumble across an album that works on so many levels at Alt-J's An Awesome Wave: musically, lyrically, and overall as an album.

Musically, the album is phenomenal. The group draws from a wide range of influences. Most interestingly, there is a definite electronic influence: the ambient noises and audible textures that are produced electronically for some groups are created acoustically by Alt-J's fantastic percussionist. Balanced with a broad range of acoustic and electronic instruments, the album's music shows a great range by the band's members.

Lyrically, it becomes apparent upon the first listen that the songwriter is well-read. He draws inspiration from anything from Where the Wild Things Are to Leon the Professional, doing so while keeping the lyrics relateable and interesting. Vocally, the lyrics are performed with an often-syncopated rhythm that itself becomes part of the music. On top of that, the lead singer has a vocal quality that is difficult to describe and sings with a huge range.

I find this album particularly interesting, however, because of the arrangement of the tracks. In a world of digital downloads and the option to buy any track separately, I find it encouraging that Alt-J went through the trouble to be sure that the album holds together so well as an album rather than a collection of songs. Overall, the album loosely tells the story of a relationship from the perspective of one person through the themes of it's tracks; it opens with a story about a girl with OCD praying for a good life, the high points of the relationship with Tessellate and Breezeblocks, troubled times with Something Good, Dissolve Me and Matilda, loss with Ms, anger with Fitzpleasure and Bloodflood, death (in this interpretation it would be of the relationship) with Taro, and Handmade, a song about scars and not being to move on.

Five stars. I can't wait for the next album.
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