Awake

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Apr 1, 2014
    100
    Tycho's new album only has eight songs on it, but each one is like its own laid-back journey through time, with probably the coolest dude ever as your spirit guide. That's like super classic album status right there.
  2. 80
    Awake isn’t without grip or feeling, it’s just deft, and I’ve got an awful lot of time for something that picks me up whilst being so easy to listen to and so hard to forget.
  3. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    This is a promising new approach and one that Tycho sounds genuinely thrilled to be exploring.
  4. Jun 23, 2014
    75
    If there's a complaint to be made about Awake, it's that at eight tracks, the album is a little short. Still, taking into account the sheer pleasantness of the music featured here, it's hardly a demerit to the record.
  5. Magnet
    Apr 18, 2014
    75
    He cranks up the palm-muted and Edge-delayed guitars for an eight-song chaser, that, again, miraculously never fades into stasis. [No. 108, p.61]
  6. Mar 18, 2014
    73
    It’s an album that rewards close listening. Awake, though, doesn’t feel like much of an evolution for Hansen or his music.
  7. Apr 14, 2014
    70
    Even as Tycho adds more depth and variety to his sound, his music's main success is giving listeners an attractive backdrop for whatever they might be doing.
  8. Mar 26, 2014
    70
    There are worse barbs to chuck at an album than that it would make a beautiful accompaniment to some breathtaking scenery.
  9. Mar 18, 2014
    70
    Float through this album right when you wake up or right before you go to sleep. Either way, it’ll calm you down and make you think.
  10. Mar 18, 2014
    70
    This is a much leaner record that feels skillfully edited, with less use for indulgence and circular routes that don't lead anywhere.
  11. Mar 14, 2014
    70
    Although Tycho and company seemingly recycle a few ideas on Awake, it's a rewarding, mood-inducing listen that's best digested whole.
  12. Mar 13, 2014
    70
    Though the harmonic material isn’t always major keys, everything (mix, production, sonic universe) is pleasant, resolves nicely; the song structures are divided into equal measurements; much peace and congruence are present.
  13. Uncut
    Mar 12, 2014
    70
    Though beautifully produced, over 40 minutes these spacious, electronic soundscapes sometimes lacks bite, blurring comfortingly but unimaginatively into one another, their euphoric ambitions too often thwarted by their meanderings. [Apr 2014, p.81]
  14. Mar 12, 2014
    70
    You can hear a band recognising that the journey is important as the destination, and the process important as the final product.
  15. Mar 12, 2014
    70
    This record is recommendable to the happy, the loved-up, the chemically-stimulated and the drowsy. If you’re one of these, Awake could be the record of your summer.
  16. Mar 12, 2014
    70
    More than ever before, these songs spin on their own axes: and that fact alone makes this record as positive a step forward for Tycho as anything.
  17. 67
    Awake is a compelling gallery of electronic minimalism whose emotional depth requires a rich listen and zero passes.
  18. 60
    You'll be comfy, you might spot some pretty things on the hard shoulder, but ultimately it doesn't get you anywhere.
  19. Mar 17, 2014
    60
    The record surprises far more frequently than his previous material, despite never straying too far from his initial sound.
  20. Mar 12, 2014
    55
    Awake is a very environmental album, but not a particularly emotional one.
  21. Mar 18, 2014
    50
    Hansen has appropriated this kind of self-reflective, blissful IDM with skilled craft, but when the final result is too inwardly focused and monolithic you wish he’d let out a bit more.
  22. Apr 21, 2014
    40
    It's appealing stuff, but dig deeper and you'll find there's not much beneath the pristine surface.
  23. Mar 17, 2014
    40
    An album that is pretty, stream-lined, and much too often dull.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 9, 2014
    10
    With such a short album comes a blast of fresh air in rather stale indie charts. On Awake they prove just what they can do withWith such a short album comes a blast of fresh air in rather stale indie charts. On Awake they prove just what they can do with instrumentation and mixing. Its cohesive and uplifting and likeable. A definite win. Full Review »
  2. Aug 1, 2015
    10
    This album is an incredible piece of artwork. From start to finish, Awake captures the listener and takes them on a ride. This record has moreThis album is an incredible piece of artwork. From start to finish, Awake captures the listener and takes them on a ride. This record has more acoustic instrumentation than Dive, bringing Tycho closer to previous works in his catalog, like Past is Prologue. The maturation of Tycho as an artist is clear, and this album proves it. Full Review »
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    5
    Nice. Yes. Enjoyable. Yes. Catchy. Sometimes. i guess i cant get through with it, i already heard this before...is like Dive Part 2....and theNice. Yes. Enjoyable. Yes. Catchy. Sometimes. i guess i cant get through with it, i already heard this before...is like Dive Part 2....and the second parts are not always good. Full Review »