I think, like me, most people probably best know AWOLNATION for their still hype inducing song “Sail.” It’s what first put me on to them and their unique style of rock. If I’d compare them to anybody I’d compare them to Imagine Dragons in the way they utilized synths and different genres to craft massive anthems. Their sound was unique and while it never turned into the same level of success Imagine Dragons have enjoyed, it’s always kept them on my radar. Here Come The Runts is probably the most pure rock and roll I’ve heard from them. No autotune, minimal electronics, just good clean playing. And I gotta say even though it’s a drastic shift in sound for them, I enjoyed it. Just because they’re more traditional rock than before doesn’t mean they don’t experiment because they definitely do; the entire album veers into rock’s many different faces with each song feeling different yet still consistent. One area they definitely haven’t changed in is that they’re still as loud and as in your face as they’ve always been and their sound is still passionate, high-energy music full of big intense vocals and anthem-like hooks. “Sail” will always have a special place in their catalog but this new direction feels like a natural progression and it looks good on them.
While Django Django's previous efforts felt a bit more artsy in intention, the experimentation on Marble Skies feels done with the sole purpose of creating something fun. And it is fun, it's a lighthearted, head nodding romp full of brilliant melodies and earworm hooks. It's almost impossible not to be pulled into their joyous orbit.
Ty Segall pulls out the full arsenal on Freedom's Goblin delivering a 19-track ride that goes all over the place. In lesser hands it might feel disjointed or convoluted but with him it just shows how truly gifted he is and just how in tune he is with the craft of rock. He clearly marches to the sound of his own beat and it's incredibly exhilarating. Freedom's Goblin is one hell of a ride and further proof that he may just be a mad musical genius.
Wolf Alice is fiery, fierce, and absolutely captivating on 'Visions of a Life' and pulls it all off with nonchalant indifference that reminds me of the rock from yesteryear. It revels in an intense youthful catharsis full of big payoffs and it keeps me coming back for more.
Have you heard Here Come The Runts? What’d you think about it? Do you like this new, more traditional direction from AWOLNATION? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions to the album.
AWOLNATION – Here Come The Runts Reaction
AWOLNATION's latest is probably the most pure rock and roll I've heard from them. No autotune, minimal electronics, just good clean playing, and I gotta say even though it's a drastic shift in sound for them, I enjoyed it. Here Come The Runts explores traditional rock's many faces but their sound is still passionate, high-energy music full of big intense vocals and anthem-like hooks.