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  • Summary: This is the fifth full-length release for Austin singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia.
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  • Record Label: Dualtone Music
  • Genre(s): Folk, Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 7, 2018
    94
    Between the obvious stylistic growth of Shakey Graves and Rose-Garcia’s ramped up creative appetite, Can’t Wake Up presents itself as the definitive album of the project’s discography. It masters its own atmosphere, swelling with confidence at each and every turn while inviting all who listen to join in. It only gets stronger as it goes on.
  2. May 7, 2018
    89
    Third proper full-length Can't Wake Up now completes his metamorphosis into an exceptional songwriter whose songs manifest into cinematic novellas. Characters living therein and their actions come to life in dreamy detail. Delivering them all, the singer's voice floats like a passing cloud along blooming stretches of reverberated chords.
  3. May 7, 2018
    80
    Now with a larger band, rapid-fire lyrics don't serve the same spatial purpose they did when Graves was stomping out his own drum beat. There's a busy conversational quality to the songwriting that strict economical poetics couldn't achieve. There's not a lot of wordless space on Can't Wake Up.
  4. Jul 19, 2018
    80
    Can't Wake Up demonstrates that rules and prescription do not limit musical interpretation. Rose-Garcia's newest release is an extension of the artist's standpoint and his drive to experiment.
  5. May 7, 2018
    70
    If Shakey Graves sometimes seems to overplay his arty hand, pushing the record toward the brink of murk, it's the price of ambition and there is much here to admire.
  6. Uncut
    May 7, 2018
    70
    [Graves reinvents] himself as wistful purveyor of psych dream pop. It happens to suit him. [Jun 2018, p.27]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 16, 2018
    10
    He said "sell your suspenders" when he announced this album, and he was right. This album is a whole new direction - much more indie rock,He said "sell your suspenders" when he announced this album, and he was right. This album is a whole new direction - much more indie rock, much less folk-y. Weird, trippy, dreamlike - it's worth checking out for yourself. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2018
    7
    I like the ramshackle aesthetic he's aiming for, I like the personality he's projecting, there seems enough variety within this sonic worldI like the ramshackle aesthetic he's aiming for, I like the personality he's projecting, there seems enough variety within this sonic world he's built for himself...and yet, only half the songs truly satisfy. This is good, he has the potential to produce something even better down the line. Expand