Parquet Courts
Wide Awake


4.5
superb

Review

by NylonCity USER (4 Reviews)
May 27th, 2018 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Parquet Courts latest album is one of the best post-punk albums of the decade, maybe even of the century.

Filled with raw energy and uncompromising political message, Parquet Courts Wide Awake! is one of the best albums of this year. Experimental post-punk outfit Parquet Courts return with their strongest album to date. Their left-wing message is clearly visible from the lyrics, for example in Violence: "A cause, an effect, a rejoice, a regret / Violence is daily life / A promise a pact that the world never kept / Violence is daily life".

Parquet Courts sound is almost melancholic on some songs such as Mardi Gras Beads. The overall feeling of the album is quite pessimistic with apocalypse being the theme on Before the Water Gets Too High and Death Will Bring Change telling about death of Austin's sister.

The instrumentation and song writing on this album is very experimental and varying. Violence has organs in it and Before the Water Gets Too High has dub/ska influences. Normalization is also pretty experimental, especially with the long outro. The title track is almost Talking Heads -esque disco-punk, which is not a bad thing. It's probably the most positive and funniest track on this record.

This is a very solid and standout record with many good songs. It shows that post-punk is still going strong.


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Papa Universe
May 27th 2018


18071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyone wanna bet that my monthly writeup will be longer?

No POS or NEG for this review from me. It just kind of feels like you're not writing a review, but rather a quick summary for a friend.

And let's hope that the album actually is deserving of 4.5

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Sniff
May 27th 2018


4987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

But what a major step-up this is from their last

someguest
May 27th 2018


29865 Comments


Holy fuck that transition in "Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience" hit like a brick!

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2018


16328 Comments


“Marci gras beads” is really nice

luci
May 27th 2018


10118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^that song sounds like the magnetic fields

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2018


8855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

the most competent of snoozes..

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commonist
May 27th 2018


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Pretty terrible review, but great album

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SimpleM
May 29th 2018


120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

did not like the review, and the album felt very boring to me compared to their last and the Parkay quarts album

luci
May 29th 2018


10118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

title track is a jam

PartySuave
May 30th 2018


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn how is this record not getting more attention? I might have to start a fight

Underflow
May 30th 2018


4322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's pretty good.

notanajjripoff
June 2nd 2018


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing, amazing record. Seriously cannot stop playing this one. The hooks are goddamn infectious and poignant all at once.

Pajolero
June 4th 2018


1028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haven't really enjoyed these guys since Light Up Gold, and holy shit this is great. Deserves a better review for sure.

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bloc
June 4th 2018


52965 Comments


inb4 Talking Heads comparisons but I just heard Wide Awake and it was somewhat fun

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FreddieDelaney31
June 4th 2018


4896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really love this album, feel it got slightly overlooked which is sad

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juiceviaorange
June 4th 2018


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album slays. They do keep getting better.

juiceviaorange
June 4th 2018


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album slays. They do keep getting better.

juiceviaorange
June 4th 2018


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album slays. They do keep getting better.

Spluger
June 7th 2018


1940 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album slays. They do keep getting better.

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Cifirni
June 16th 2018


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably the most I've cared about Parquet Courts in some time, even seeing them live didn't help me get it but this project is stronger than that. I'd love to see some of the songs here played live. Will seek them out in the future.



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