Awolnation - Megalithic Symphony

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    Recording information: Avatar Studios; Awolstudio; Fireside Sound Studio; Gymnasium Hollywood; Main & Market, Venice, CA; Red Bull Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Following his group sojourns with major-label projects Home Town Hero (on Maverick) and Under t...

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    Recording information: Avatar Studios; Awolstudio; Fireside Sound Studio; Gymnasium Hollywood; Main & Market, Venice, CA; Red Bull Studios, Los Angeles, CA. Following his group sojourns with major-label projects Home Town Hero (on Maverick) and Under the Influence of Giants (on Island), Aaron Bruno resurfaces as a one-man band (albeit with a lot of help, including longtime partner Drew Stewart) under the name AWOLNATION on Megalithic Symphony. A megalith is a large stone, so a megalithic symphony would seem to be an ambitious suite of rock music, and the album fits its title if one interprets the ambition as an unfettered eclecticism and sense of whimsy, as tethered to constant dance beats. Bruno seems to have built his tracks up from the percussion patterns, and once he got the beats he liked, he layered poppy melodies supporting lyrics sung in falsetto or a gritty tenor, with plenty of goofy electronic sounds in between. The "anything goes" quality takes in a spoken-word track ("Some Sort of Creature") and songs that recall everything from Prince to Men Without Hats. It all comes together on the 15-minute closer, "Knights of Shame," which begins with Bruno imploring, "Dance, baby, like the world is ending," and continues through various sections including a rap by Cameron Duddy, and ends, after a minute or so of silence, with a hidden track that finds Bruno strumming his acoustic guitar and croaking, "It's been a long time waiting for you." Megalithic Symphony engages the ear from moment to moment and allows Aaron Bruno to try out a variety of ideas, many of them half-baked, but all of them entertaining. [A Deluxe Edition added a second disc of remixed and live tracks.] ~ William Ruhlmann

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    UPC 844942010860
    Runtime 52 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Sub Genre Alternative
    Label Red Bull Records
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Megalithic Symphony
    • 2. Some Sort of Creature
    • 3. Soul Wars
    • 4. People
    • 5. Jump on My Shoulders
    • 6. Burn It Down
    • 7. Guilty Filthy Soul
    • 8. Kill Your Heroes
    • 9. My Nightmare's Dream
    • 10. Sail
    • 11. Wake Up
    • 12. Not Your Fault
    • 13. All I Need
    • 14. Knights of Shame
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Awolnation

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    • Awolnation

      Haven't bought a cd in years! Glad I got this one. I love the majority of the songs. A couple tracks are really stupid, but the awesome ones far outweigh the sucky few.

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    • great music

      Love this album, bought it for "Sail" and quickly fell in love with the whole CD, "Wake UP" is a gem, don't know why it wasn't a pop hit. This is great workout music - super high energy!! Everybody I've made listen loves it too, hope they see a sales spike cuz of me!

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    • Love this album!

      This album is amazing! Such a wide variety of style in their music. I had no idea Awolnation was so versatile. I bought it for the song Sail and was pleasantly surprised by every song on the album.

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