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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: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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 21, 2018
    90
    Truly, Wide Awake! is a success all round--the joyous sound of a band taking everything that makes them great and amplifying it, toying with it and producing something even greater.
  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 21, 2018
    80
    Wide Awake! might be too scattershot to appeal to a much wider audience, but it does cement Parquet Courts’ position as one of US indie’s more intriguing outliers.
  6. May 17, 2018
    80
    With light-touch production by Danger Mouse, this is also the funkiest and sweetest Parquet Courts set yet, trading off some of their trademark guitar fireworks for danceable jams.
  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: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Nov 7, 2018
    10
    This album makes me want to take of my shirt and beat my chest. Favorite of the year. It is a punk jam classic. Anyone that writes a songThis album makes me want to take of my shirt and beat my chest. Favorite of the year. It is a punk jam classic. Anyone that writes a song called Freebird II has my attention. Expand
  2. May 22, 2018
    10
    Welcome to Parquet Courts at their very best. Keeping their teeth in their mouths and their brains in their skulls with fine attention to theWelcome to Parquet Courts at their very best. Keeping their teeth in their mouths and their brains in their skulls with fine attention to the listener's ears, Wide Awake is my favorite record of 2018 so far. Its wordy two-faced punk-funk mentality bounces back and forth between the throes of Austin Brown and Andrew Savage. Brown delivering sweet, to-the-point and immensely catchy tunes and introspective lyrics while Savage rebuttals with anger, attitude and more political lyricism. Both carry an off-beat cadence that often runs in opposition to the instrumentals. I found this a slight obstacle at first, focusing on either the amazing instrumentals or eccentric vocal deliveries. Upon multiple listens, however, I could fully appreciate every track. Some even more in the context of others. For example, Total Football and Violence. Separate they're strong, with Total Footballs push/pull opinion of collectivism, cooperation, social dissonance and autonomy followed by Violence's aggressive preaching to the imaginary masses against our broken will. Together I feel they enhance one another, fleshing out the concept of fighting together to gain individual peace of mind. An overall fantastic 13-track roller-coaster of undeniably-influenced yet entirely unique Art-Post punk 'n funk that I wish were longer.

    IGN 10/10 would listen again (F*ck Tom Brady).
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  3. 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
  4. May 26, 2018
    9
    Very pleasant, I feel like Danger Mouse's production brings out some of the best in Savage's performances. They should continue theirVery pleasant, I feel like Danger Mouse's production brings out some of the best in Savage's performances. They should continue their partnership and continue to expand and flesh out the boundaries of their sound. Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2018
    8
    Opener "Total Football" is a raucous, brazen and fun filled song that massively heightens expectations of what is to come on the rest of theOpener "Total Football" is a raucous, brazen and fun filled song that massively heightens expectations of what is to come on the rest of the record. To be fair, while nothing quite matches this blistering opener, for the most part Parquet Courts meet these expectations. "Violence" is another frantic track played like the band's lives depend on it. "Before the Water Gets Too High" slows the pace down nicely with a understated bass line working nicely with some effect laden keyboards to drive the track. "Mardi Gras Beads" has a nice twangy intro but is a standard enough tune but fits in nicely as an album track. Again, the band are extremely tight. This is followed by the wonderful "Almost Had to Start A Fight" which sounds like you'd expect a track with this title to. "Freebird II" is classic rock brought screaming into 2018. The second half of the album plays out much in the same vein as the first half, generally excellent. The great things about "Wide Awake" is that not only is it one of the best rock records of the year, paying tribute to all thats gone before it, it isn't just straight out rock either. There's weirdness aplenty to be found and loads of risks taken. It's unlikely you'll hear anything else like it. This is a band that sound like they're having a lot of fun doing what they are. Enough to almost make you jealous. Expand
  6. Jun 23, 2018
    8
    This album is definitely a grower rather than a shower. It's not a very flashy or aggressive rock record, but one that requires more listensThis album is definitely a grower rather than a shower. It's not a very flashy or aggressive rock record, but one that requires more listens to fully digest what is being said. Which is not a bad thing because there is a lot to unpack with the philosophical lyrics that are actually smart and not sloganers nor shallow and the bare minimum like a lot of records that "claim" to be heavily political after the 2016 election. It's basically like a modern day version of classic post-punk records like Wire's Pink Flag, Gang of Four's Entertainment!, or even the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime, which are not bad things since Parquet Courts create something entirely different than their influences but still recognizable. From the sick bass riff and dance-punk vibe of Normalization, to the chill and rather sing-along anthem to Freebird II, to the psychedelic hypnotism of Back to Earth, to the LCD Soundsystem-like title cut with hints of Spanish rhythms and crunchy funk-rock, it's consistent with making one damn good tune after another. Also props to Danger Mouse for producing one of his best records in years! I was worried going in that he'll probably botch it up like he consistently did with the Black Keys's Turn Blue, RHCP's the Getaway, and A$AP Rocky's At.Long.Last.A$AP, I was worried things might go south for the band after delivering their excellent 2016 album Human Performance, but fortunately this is the right balance of being clean and crisp while also getting experimental and unique. The album does have a slow start at first, but once you get into the groove it's consistently excellent. Expand
  7. 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

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