Wake Up (Youngblood Hawke album)
|Studio album by Youngblood Hawke|
|Released||April 23, 2013
(see release history)
|Genre||Indie pop, indie rock, electropop|
|Length||45:15 (Standard edition)
48:16 (iTunes exclusive)
48:54 (Spotify edition)
|Label||Universal Republic Records|
|Youngblood Hawke chronology|
|Singles from Wake Up|
The album title was inspired by 22-year-old Danny McGuire, a friend of the band members. One day he was riding his bike home and was hit by a drunk driver, putting McGuire into a coma before eventually passing away. Youngblood Hawke wrote their song "Dannyboy" for him.
Promotion and singles
"We Come Running" is the first single off of Wake Up, released online August 13, 2012 then on the EP the next day. The song has charted in many different countries, peaking at #7 on the US Alternative Songs chart (#46 on the year-end US Alternative Charts) and #17 on the main Australian music sales chart, as well as many others.
The original demo for "Dannyboy" was released as a promotional single on February 8, 2013 and the album version was made available for streaming on April 16, 2013. A music video was released on August 9, 2013 on Vevo.
Wake Up was met with mixed reviews from critics. According to review aggregator Metacritic, the album received an average review score of 57/100, based on 9 reviews. Matt Collar of Allmusic gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, calling it an "infectious, bombastic party album perfect for the summer months" filled with "dancey, often hummable melodic pop songs". Paul V. of Frontiers gave the album a positive review, saying "[Wake Up is] the kind of record you want to blare out of your car windows while breaking the speed limit on the freeway." Robert Johnson of Houston Music Review gave the album a positive review, saying "Wake Up is everything a great album should be. It's dynamic yet consistent, catchy yet complex, and extremely good." Mark Graham of VH1 reviewed Wake Up, comparing the band to Passion Pit and Walk the Moon and said, "[the album] is chock full of shimmery, upbeat, immensely positive tracks." Kevin Catchpole of Popmatters gave the album a 6/10 score, calling it "mostly satisfying" and saying that "style-studious feel permeating this album points out how it is both a great beginning and a bit derivative". Paul Mardles of The Observer, in a 3-star review, called the band "relentlessly chirpy and inclusive" but said "strip away the euphoria and there's not much going on". Harriet Gibsone of The Guardian echoed these sentiments in her two-star review, saying "Youngblood Hawke's debut rings loud with euphoria, but has little emotional impact."
|1.||"Rootless"||Samuel Martin, Simon Katz||Katz, Timmy Anderson||3:30|
|2.||"We Come Running" (featuring the West Los Angeles Children's Choir)||Martin, Katz, Matt Squire||Squire, Katz||4:09|
|3.||"Dreams"||Martin, Katz, Luciana Caporaso, Nick Claw||Katz||3:34|
|4.||"Dannyboy"||Martin, Katz||Katz, Anderson||3:08|
|5.||"Stars (Hold On)" (featuring the West Los Angeles Children's Choir)||Martin, Katz, Da Internz, Aaron Michael Cox||Da Internz, Cox, Katz||3:41|
|6.||"Glacier"||Martin, Katz||Katz, Anderson||3:36|
|7.||"Sleepless Streets"||Martin, Katz||Katz||2:49|
|8.||"Say Say"||Martin, Katz, Squire||Squire, Katz||4:52|
|10.||"Forever"||Martin, Katz||Katz, Anderson||3:34|
|11.||"Live & Die"||Martin, Katz, Dave Bassett||Katz||3:30|
|12.||"Last Time"||Martin, Katz, Squire||Squire, Katz||4:51|
|13.||"In Our Blood"||Martin, Katz||Katz, Anderson||3:01|
|United States||April 23, 2013||Universal Republic Records||iTunes exclusive|
|April 30, 2013||Digital download, CD|
|Australia||May 3, 2013|
|US Billboard 200||58|
- Catchpole, Kevin (2013-05-15). "Youngblood Hawke: Wake Up". Popmatters. Retrieved 2013-06-16.
- Collar, Matt. "Wake Up – Youngblood Hawke". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
- Crozier, Jackie (2013-04-09). "Youngblood Hawke: Wake Up". Violent Success. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
- Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (2013-08-02). "Youngblood Hawke: Wake Up". Financial Times. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
- Meagher, John (2013-08-02). "Wake up to a truly beautiful morning". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2013-08-29.
- "Critics Reviews for Wake Up". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
- Mardles, Paul (2013-08-03). "Youngblood Hawke: Wake Up – review". The Observer. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
- Gibsone, Harriet (2013-08-01). "Youngblood Hawke: Wake Up – review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2013-08-22.