Wide Awake!

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Wide Awake!
Wide Awake Parquet Courts.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 18, 2018
RecordedSonic Ranch
(Tornillo, Texas)
Electric Lady Studios
(New York City)
Genre
Length38:37
LanguageEnglish
LabelRough Trade[5]
ProducerDanger Mouse
Parquet Courts chronology
Milano
(2017)
Wide Awake!
(2018)
Sympathy for Life
(2021)
Singles from Wide Awake!
  1. "Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience"
    Released: February 22, 2018
  2. "Wide Awake"
    Released: March 8, 2018
  3. "Mardi Gras Beads"
    Released: April 30, 2018
  4. "Total Football"
    Released: June 8, 2018

Wide Awake! (stylized as WIDE AWAAAAAKE!) is the sixth studio album by American indie rock band Parquet Courts, released on May 18, 2018 on Rough Trade Records.

The album was preceded by the singles "Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience", "Wide Awake", and "Mardi Gras Beads", and succeeded by the single "Total Football".

Background[edit]

The album was first announced in February 2018, while the album was recorded in December 2017 to January 2018. The band recruited Danger Mouse to produce the album, as the band claimed, as a way to push themselves outside of their comfort zone. On recruiting Danger Mouse for the album, Andrew Savage said, "I personally liked the fact that I was writing a record that indebted to punk and funk, and Brian’s a pop producer who’s made some very polished records. I liked that it didn’t make sense."[6]

In an interview with Billboard, Andrew Savage described the album having a funk influence saying, "there's this duality between joy and anger that I find to be really interesting, and that's something the record kind of deals with at large. I always thought it was really interesting how hardcore could be such an angry music form but could make you feel so positive. There's a lot of moments on the record when all of us are singing at the same time and I guess that's something I kind of associate with hardcore, or Funkadelic."[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.3/10[8]
Metacritic82/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[10]
The A.V. ClubB+[11]
The Independent[12]
NME[13]
The Observer[14]
Pitchfork8.0/10[15]
Q[16]
Rolling Stone[17]
Uncut8/10[18]
Vice (Expert Witness)A[19]

Wide Awake! received critical acclaim upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 82, based on 28 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[9] In a five-star review, Emma Swan of DIY called the album, "a gut-punch of an immediate classic".[20] Writing for Exclaim! magazine, Vish Kanna said that 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."[21] Roy Trakin, in a rave review for Variety, praised the album for its social conscience in its day and age, stating it "may be the most woke punk-rock record since the heyday of the Clash."[2]

In a more mixed review, Chris Nelson of Mojo wrote that "unsurprisingly, it flies the Wire and Minutemen flags high. More surprising are the occasional nods to funk and '60s bubblegum."[22]

Wide Awake! was named 'album of the year' in an end-of-year list by Australian radio station Double J[23] and the second-best album of 2018 by Paste.[24]

Accolades[edit]

Accolades for
Publication Accolade Rank
EarBuddy Top 50 Albums of 2018
Double J Top 50 Albums of 2018
Drift Top 100 Albums of 2018
Far Out Magazine Top 50 Albums of 2018
Flavorwire Top 25 Albums of 2018
Flood Magazine Top 25 Albums of 2018
Fopp Top 100 Albums of 2018
God Is in the TV Top 100 Albums of 2018
The Music Top 10 Albums of 2018
MusicOMH Top 50 Albums of 2018
NME Top 100 Albums of 2018
No Ripcord Top 50 Albums of 2018
OOR Top 20 Albums of 2018
Paste Top 50 Albums of 2018
The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2018
Spin Top 51 Albums of 2018
Thrillist Top 40 Albums of 2018
Treble Top 50 Albums of 2018
Under the Radar Top 100 Albums of 2018

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Parquet Courts.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Total Football"A. Savage4:01
2."Violence"A. Savage4:05
3."Before the Water Gets Too High"A. Savage4:05
4."Mardi Gras Beads"Brown2:43
5."Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience"A. Savage3:14
6."Freebird II"A. Savage2:55
7."Normalization"A. Savage2:11
8."Back to Earth"Brown3:54
9."Wide Awake!"Brown, M. Savage, A. Savage, Yeaton2:38
10."NYC Observation"A. Savage1:22
11."Extinction"A. Savage1:41
12."Death Will Bring Change"Brown2:42
13."Tenderness"A. Savage3:06
Total length:38:37

Personnel[edit]

Parquet Courts[edit]

  • Austin Brown – guitar, vocals, keyboards on "Death Will Bring Change," "Back to Earth," and "Mardi Gras Beads"[42]
  • A. Savage – guitar, vocals, keyboards on "Violence," "Freebird II," "Before the Water Gets Too High"
  • Max Savage – percussion, vocals, synthesizer on "Total Football" and "Normalization"
  • Sean Yeaton – bass, vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[43] 93
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[44] 42
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[45] 117
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[46] 9
Scottish Albums (OCC)[47] 19
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[48] 64
UK Albums (OCC)[49] 27
US Billboard 200[50] 122

References[edit]

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