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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length album for the British quartet who met at Leeds University.

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Breezeblocks
She may contain the urge to run away But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks Citrezene your fevers gripped me again Never kisses all... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. May 25, 2012
    90
    Young, yet somehow void of naivety. Vibrant, yet artistically matured.
  2. Sep 19, 2012
    90
    You can see every angle and every side of the shape they've made. And the unimpeachable logic of each song, added to their odd tunefulness of the songs, makes them exciting to listen to.
  3. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    80
    There's undeniably something new and intriguing going on here. [Jul 2012, p.95]
  4. Sep 18, 2012
    70
    Despite sounding more like Radiohead's wistful indie-pop nephews than the genuine article, alt-J are a group offering moderate experimentalism that'll serve as an effective gateway for younger fans.
  5. Mar 13, 2013
    67
    Alt-J crafts an ethereal ocean of sound that's remarkably cohesive-at once strange and familiar.
  6. Mojo
    Jun 26, 2012
    40
    The whole album is uncertain and unconvincing. [Jul 2012, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 42
  2. Negative: 6 out of 42
  1. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    No other album this year has managed to capture my attention as well as this one. It blends catchy and addictive melodies and a unique voiceNo other album this year has managed to capture my attention as well as this one. It blends catchy and addictive melodies and a unique voice with a very new sound. Expand
  2. Jul 18, 2020
    10
    8 Years later and this Album feels as fresh as on its release day. I highly recommend listening.
  3. khw
    Sep 20, 2012
    10
    Simply stunning.......at first, I was hooked by only one or two songs (Tessellate & Something Good), but with each listen, I discover moreSimply stunning.......at first, I was hooked by only one or two songs (Tessellate & Something Good), but with each listen, I discover more depth and more to like. Expand
  4. Jun 18, 2012
    9
    Even the intro on the album reveals the nature of the CD . Alternative rock compositions, mixed with a variety of electronic inserts and vocalEven the intro on the album reveals the nature of the CD . Alternative rock compositions, mixed with a variety of electronic inserts and vocal filters give the songs a special character, which sometimes takes strange forms - which is evident even after a bit psychedelic a capella song "(Interlude 1)" or "Tessallate". Each composition on the disc has something innovative to offer, so that time spent on "An Awesome Wave" goes very quickly. Expand
  5. Oct 9, 2020
    8
    A surprising debut album for english trio Alt-J combining Hip-hop, Folk and progressive pop styles. Vocals are simply astonishing, the albumA surprising debut album for english trio Alt-J combining Hip-hop, Folk and progressive pop styles. Vocals are simply astonishing, the album sounds like an imposing fresco extending over a wide range of vocalisations. Percussions are barely omnipresent, which is both excellent and boring, because it ends up taking too much space in this piece of work. Excepted drums, other instruments are flawless, like the soft guitar of 'Matilda' or the electro-style of 'Fitzpleasure'. An Awesome Wave won't stop surprising you if you don't already know it. Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2012
    8
    Who would have thought that one of the year
  7. Dec 30, 2013
    0
    An album and a band that have ripped off Leeds' finest, Wild Beasts, to a shameless, crass and pitiful extent. Derived tosh with no heart.An album and a band that have ripped off Leeds' finest, Wild Beasts, to a shameless, crass and pitiful extent. Derived tosh with no heart. They have come and gone now, but I shall not forget the brief time they managed to pull the wool over those less than astute publications' eyes. (looking at you NME!) Expand

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