Wake Up (Youngblood Hawke album)

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Wake Up
Wake Up - debut album by Youngblood Hawke.jpg
Studio album by Youngblood Hawke
Released April 23, 2013
Recorded 2011-2013
Genre Indie pop,[1][2] indie rock,[3][4] electropop[1][5]
Length 45:15 (Standard edition)
48:16 (iTunes exclusive)
48:54 (Spotify edition)
Label Universal Republic Records
Youngblood Hawke chronology
Youngblood Hawke (EP)
(2012)Youngblood Hawke (EP)2012
Wake Up
Singles from Wake Up
  1. "We Come Running"
    Released: August 13, 2012[6]
  2. "Stars (Hold On)"
    Released: 2013[7][8]

Wake Up is the debut album by indie pop band Youngblood Hawke. It was released on April 23, 2013 exclusively on iTunes[9] and then released to other digital retailers and stores on April 30, 2013.


On February 26, 2013, PureVolume posted an article containing tour and album information.[10]

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 dying.[11] Youngblood Hawke wrote their song "Dannyboy" for him.[12]

Promotion and singles[edit]

"We Come Running" is the first single off of Wake Up, released online August 13, 2012 then on the EP the next day.[6] 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.

"Stars (Hold On)" was released as the second single off the album, accompanied by a music video.[13] A remix EP was released to iTunes on September 24, 2013.[14]

The original demo for "Dannyboy" was released as a promotional single on February 8, 2013[15] and the album version was made available for streaming on April 16, 2013. A music video was released on August 9, 2013 on Vevo.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

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.[17] 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".[2] 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."[18] 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."[12] 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."[19] 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".[1] 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".[20] 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."[21]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Rootless" Samuel Martin, Simon Katz Katz, Timmy Anderson 3:30
2. "We Come Running" 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)" 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
9. "Blackbeak" Martin, Katz Katz 4:01
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
Total length: 45:15
  • "We Come Running" and "Stars (Hold On)" feature vocals from the West Los Angeles Children's Choir.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United States April 23, 2013 Universal Republic Records iTunes exclusive
April 30, 2013 Digital download, CD
Australia May 3, 2013


Chart (2013) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[23] 72
US Billboard 200[24] 58


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  2. ^ a b Collar, Matt. "Wake Up – Youngblood Hawke". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  3. ^ Crozier, Jackie (2013-04-09). "Youngblood Hawke: Wake Up". Violent Success. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  4. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (2013-08-02). "Youngblood Hawke: Wake Up". Financial Times. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  5. ^ Meagher, John (2013-08-02). "Wake up to a truly beautiful morning". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  6. ^ a b "Indie Shuffle". Indie Shuffle. 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  7. ^ http://www.hollywire.com/2013/03/youngblood-hawke-talks-bad-radio-reception-new-single-sxsw-survival-tips-mtvu-woodie-awards
  8. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stars-hold-on-remixes-single/id711810333
  9. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Wake Up by Youngblood Hawke". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  10. ^ "Youngblood Hawke Announce Debut Full-Length; Spring Headlining Tour". Purevolume.com. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  11. ^ "Easy Reader". Archive.easyreadernews.com. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  12. ^ a b "Youngblood Hawke - Wake Up". HoustonMusicReview.com. 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  13. ^ "Youngblood Hawke Talks Bad Radio Reception, New Single & SXSW Survival Tips at mtvU Woodie Awards!". Hollywire. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Stars (Hold On) [Remixes] - Single by Youngblood Hawke". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  15. ^ "Free Music: Youngblood Hawke's 'Dannyboy' - Song of the Day". Purevolume.com. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  16. ^ "Dannyboy - Youngblood Hawke - Vevo". Vevo.ly. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  17. ^ "Critics Reviews for Wake Up". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  18. ^ "Gay News - FrontiersLA - Breaking Gay News | Music Reviews: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, British Sea Power, Charli XCX, John Grant, OMD, Youngblood Hawke". FrontiersLA. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  19. ^ Graham, Mark (2013-04-30). "No Longer Rootless, Youngblood Hawke Is On The Right Path And Ready To Wake Up | Music News | VH1 Music". Vh1.com. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  20. ^ Mardles, Paul (2013-08-03). "Youngblood Hawke: Wake Up – review". The Observer. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  21. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (2013-08-01). "Youngblood Hawke: Wake Up – review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  22. ^ "Survival by Youngblood Hawke on Spotify". Open.spotify.com. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  23. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  24. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/431697/youngblood+hawke/chart?f=305

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