Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wake Me Up | Avicii

Rating: ★★★★★

Every once in a while, something on the radio really catches my ear. Usually I just let the songs pass me by and nothing ever stands out, but recently, Swedish producer Avicii was able to grab my attention with his newest single, "Wake Me Up."

When I had first heard this song on the radio, the first verse had me thinking that this was another one of those obnoxious tracks like Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" that crossed over from country radio and got a Top 40 face-lift. Aloe Blacc (who lent vocals to the song but was left uncredited) made the song sound like something straight off of a bluegrass and folk record.

I was just about to tune into another station, but then the breakdown of the song kicked in and I was amazed. The bluegrass strings edited into an electronic dance breakdown is a combination that sounds too crazy to even exist, but it works out amazingly. I actually still can't believe I like it as much as I do.



Apparently others have really like it too, as "Wake Me Up" has reached the top ten in almost every country that it charted in, except for the United States, where it has reached the fifty-ninth position on the Billboard Hot 100. Imagine that, the United States once again has neglected to give attention to tracks with substance, opting to continue to listen to any track that features Pharrell Williams.

I haven't dug much deeper into the world of Avicii yet, but if another single comes up soon that is as innovative as "Wake Me Up," I will more than likely take a good listen to his debut album #TRUE, which drops on September 17, 2013.

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