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ALT-J - AN AWESOME WAVE (ALBUM)
Label:LIB/UMA
Entry:04/11/2012 (Position 44)
Last week in charts:18/08/2013 (Position 36)
Peak:9 (1 weeks)
Weeks:26
Place on best of all time:967 (521 points)
Year:2012
World wide:
ch  Peak: 39 / weeks: 11
fr  Peak: 45 / weeks: 81
nl  Peak: 18 / weeks: 58
be  Peak: 17 / weeks: 85 (Vl)
  Peak: 51 / weeks: 64 (Wa)
dk  Peak: 34 / weeks: 2
au  Peak: 9 / weeks: 26
nz  Peak: 24 / weeks: 3

CD
Infectious 841A134022


TRACKS
25/05/2012
CD Infectious 841A134022 (PIAS) / EAN 5050954271327
25/05/2012
Digital Infectious 5050954274885 / EAN 5050954274885
1. Intro [An Awesome Wave]
2:37
2. Interlude I [An Awesome Wave]
1:12
3. Tessellate
3:02
4. Breezeblocks
3:47
5. Interlude II [An Awesome Wave]
1:17
6. Something Good
3:38
7. Dissolve Me
3:59
8. Matilda
3:48
9. Ms
3:59
10. Fitzpleasure
3:39
11. Interlude III [An Awesome Wave]
0:53
12. Bloodflood
4:09
13. Taro
5:05
14. Hand-Made [Secret Track]
2:37
   
25/05/2012
LP Infectious 841A134010 (PIAS) / EAN 5050954271716
   
19/10/2012
CD Infectious INFECT134DX / EAN 5050954284785
   
26/10/2012
Deluxe Edition - CD Infectious INFECT134DX (PIAS) / EAN 5050954285324
1. Intro [An Awesome Wave]
2:37
2. Interlude I [An Awesome Wave]
1:12
3. Tessellate
3:02
4. Breezeblocks
3:47
5. Interlude II [An Awesome Wave]
1:17
6. Something Good
3:38
7. Dissolve Me
3:59
8. Matilda
3:48
9. Ms
3:59
10. Fitzpleasure
3:39
11. Interlude III [An Awesome Wave]
0:53
12. Bloodflood
4:09
13. Taro
5:05
14. Hand-Made [Secret Track]
2:37
Extras:
Bonus DVD: Exclusive track-by-track commentary and intimate live footage from In The Woods festival 2012
   

MUSIC DIRECTORY
Alt-JAlt-J: Discography / Become a fan
ALT-J IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Breezeblocks10/02/2013411
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
An Awesome Wave04/11/2012926
This Is All Yours05/10/201428
SONGS BY ALT-J
Arrival In Nara
Bloodflood
Bloodflood Pt.II
Breezeblocks
Buffalo (Alt-J feat. Mountain Man)
Choice Kingdom
Dissolve Me
Every Other Freckle
Fitzpleasure
Garden Of England
Hand-Made
Hunger Of The Pine
Interlude I [An Awesome Wave]
Interlude II [An Awesome Wave]
Interlude III [An Awesome Wave]
Intro [An Awesome Wave]
Intro [This Is All Yours]
Leaving Nara
Left Hand Free
Lovely Day
Matilda
Ms
Nara
Pusher
Something Good
Taro
Tessellate
The Gospel Of John Hurt
Too Late
Warm Foothills
ALBUMS BY ALT-J
An Awesome Wave
This Is All Yours
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 4.25 (Reviews: 4)
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****
I'm wondering how many more listens it will take before I stop thinking this album is just weird. Not bad by any measure, but very odd. And not just in sound, but in structure. Starts with an intro which leads into the first of three interludes! This leads to a severe lack of tracks that stand out compared to total number. That being said, they're definitely there. "Breezeblocks" goes without saying, but then chuck on "Something Good" & "Fitzpleasure" strategically along the way and the album doesn't wear on me too much. I'm having trouble placing the appeal of the band because they don't really sound like anything I've come across prior. That's a good thing though, but being original isn't enough to justify it if there's nothing of worth to be had. I'd be interested to hear another album from them, but I hope by then, they've refined exactly what it is that they're going for, because I still find myself confused.

Edit: I think I've better assimilated this now. What I find with ∆ albums is that it works better if you don't look at the actual tracklist, and just take it in for what it is. With that being said, they could possibly do a better job of justifying all the interludes they pigeonhole in, but they have an interesting and welcoming album to show for it. I'm just impressed that something this not straightforward is as popular as it is. 3.8
Last edited: 19/11/2014 05:37
****
It is indeed a bizarre album but I do find it weirdly enjoyable. Sometimes for me being completely different is enough and even if it's far from perfect and sometimes doesn't work, I can still enjoy it, even if I'm just loving the absurdity. Breezeblocks is so utterly cool though.
****
My opinion is that a major reason why they've gathered so much popularity with this album is because of its quirkiness. The unique vocals, the almost techno-sounding percussion at times and the weirdly melodic guitar riffs help form this bizarre sound of theirs. It sort of falls away in the last few tracks, but not enough to severely impact on the record as a whole. 'Breezeblocks' and 'Tessellate' are my favourites, where lately I've found the latter to be my absolute favourite.
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