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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the New York rock band was produced by Danger Mouse.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. May 18, 2018
    100
    In its 13 tracks and just shy of 40 minutes, Wide Awake! shows perhaps the band's broadest emotional range to date with a healthy dollop of anger on display (see Violence or Before the Water Gets Too High).
  2. May 17, 2018
    90
    Wide Awake! is a letter-perfect musical contemplation of modern times, where social uprisings are actually affecting positive change. It's urgent and potent music that's thought-provoking and danceable, and whose rage is measured by a pointed optimism.
  3. May 18, 2018
    88
    By enlisting pop wunderkind Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton as their first-ever outside producer, Parquet Courts has opened up its musical palette even more than most recent effort, 2016’s ballad-laden “Human Performance.” In fact, “Wide Awake!” may be the most woke punk-rock record since the heyday of the Clash, and it starts off with a very appropriate soccer-style chant.
  4. Uncut
    May 7, 2018
    80
    Here they sound truly alive, impassioned and buoyant on their finest LP to date. [Jun 2018, p.33]
  5. May 18, 2018
    80
    Wide Awake! is the album in which America’s most consistent punk band once again distill their myriad influences, this time with a whole new list of reasons why their minds never push the brakes.
  6. 80
    Far from softening Parquet Courts’ edges, [producer Danger Mouse] has enhanced everything that makes the quartet great--sound, imagination, style. The Beastie Boys, Black Flag and Talking Heads are all here in spirit.
  7. Mojo
    May 7, 2018
    60
    Unsurprisingly, it flies the Wire and Minutemen flags high. More surprising are the occasional nods to funk and '60s bubblegum. [Jun 2018, p.95]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. May 19, 2018
    10
    Great album. First 3 songs are extremely strong and spectacular. Bass player is killing it almost in each song. Savage voice is pure rawness.Great album. First 3 songs are extremely strong and spectacular. Bass player is killing it almost in each song. Savage voice is pure rawness. And i almost forgot, ,,F*CK Tom Brady" !!! Expand
  2. May 18, 2018
    9
    ..........................................very nice..................................................
  3. May 18, 2018
    2
    Quirky, garage-bandy, lo-fi, heard-it-before, indie pop garbage with a healthy dose of political sanctimony because, why the hell not?Quirky, garage-bandy, lo-fi, heard-it-before, indie pop garbage with a healthy dose of political sanctimony because, why the hell not? Everyone else is doing it! In other words, there's absolutely nothing original here. Well produced tho, so there's that. Expand