14 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Aaron Bruno’s tireless curiosity for new sounds makes AWOLNATION’s second album just as gleefully and thrillingly unpredictable as its predecessor. Dance beats and buzzing synths meet the grand arrangements of ‘70s prog rock, and shouted choruses give way to vocal harmonies reminiscent of Queen's and The Beach Boys'. “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” converts sleek synth-pop into a towering wall of sound, and the rousing “I Am” is a defiant statement of purpose, while the moody, industrial-tinged “Run” burrows deep into the darkest corners of the subconscious.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Aaron Bruno’s tireless curiosity for new sounds makes AWOLNATION’s second album just as gleefully and thrillingly unpredictable as its predecessor. Dance beats and buzzing synths meet the grand arrangements of ‘70s prog rock, and shouted choruses give way to vocal harmonies reminiscent of Queen's and The Beach Boys'. “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” converts sleek synth-pop into a towering wall of sound, and the rousing “I Am” is a defiant statement of purpose, while the moody, industrial-tinged “Run” burrows deep into the darkest corners of the subconscious.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
634 Ratings

634 Ratings

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It's about time!

They are long overdue on new material, and this already sounds epic. I'm so excited for one of my favorite bands to release their next album.

lambslittlemary ,

Best heard at high volume while driving

On the surface it does not appear to be a lyrical masterpiece, but I bet if Aaron shared the motivation behind some of the lyrics the whining intelligentsia crowd (crusty old critics at Billboard and Rolling Stone) might even get it - or maybe the goal is that we are to make our own interpretation of lyrics that could be nonsense or could be genius. Moreover, the sound coming from Run is so refreshing. It sounds like the rare record where the label and money chasers said "we trust you to go make a record" versus "give us a hit song." Either way I have cranked it in the car since the pre-release listen began and I have not stopped enjoying the varying textures, and my own interpretations of each song. The comparisons to the first record are pointless. For all the dark provocativeness of Sail there was also plenty of of pop formula on the first record. Embrace Run. It surpasses the expectation in my opinion.

Texan invasion ,

It was a let down

As a HUGE fan of the first album, this was a huge let-down, maybe some will like it but as someone who has been waiting a long time for this I was disappointed by how tame the music was. It wasn't exciting, it didnt keep you guessing, and it wasn't what made me fall in love with AWOLNATION in the first place, and trust me no one is more disappointed than me that I had to write this review

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