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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: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  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. Q Magazine
    May 8, 2018
    80
    Chaotic, visionary and righteously pissed off, Wide Awake! feels like the perfect rock record for the times. [Jul 2018, p.113]
  5. May 21, 2018
    80
    Parquet Courts’ ridiculously good new album Wide Awake!, is a delirious ode to the power of collectivity thinly masquerading as a gameday anthem.
  6. 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.
  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: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  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. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    amazing album , one of the best albums of the year with great production and everything
  3. 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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  4. May 31, 2018
    8
    First time listening to them as i got recommended them, first track in I felt like I got smacked in the face. A few of the songs caught me ofFirst time listening to them as i got recommended them, first track in I felt like I got smacked in the face. A few of the songs caught me of guard as it was going from one extreme to another from super riffs and bass playing to the slower jams which mellowed me out after the previous tracks blowing my head off.

    Was a very pleasing listen and I am looking forward to hearing some of the older stuff as well as passing on this album as a recommendation.
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  5. 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
  6. Jun 4, 2018
    8
    A solid album by Parquet Courts. Lots of different influences in every track starting from punk rock and ending with dub and dance-ish music.A solid album by Parquet Courts. Lots of different influences in every track starting from punk rock and ending with dub and dance-ish music. Lyrics are quite clichey though with a lot of politics throwed around, but i guess is the punk part of this CD. 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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