25. An Awesome Wave
I'd hate for Alt-J to become a victim of their own success, but it really does feel like this is 'their' album. So utterly consonant with their own nature, so coherent but varied, and despite the borderline overly-catchy hooks of certain tracks ('Matilda', 'Tessellate') An Awesome Wave has enough depth to reward repeated listens. It might be more the kind of album that burns searingly into your brain for a few weeks and then you let go for a good period of time; an achievement of this nature though, from a young band on their first album, makes any longevity issues utterly academic. Alt-pop has a stunning new face, even if it's kind of a clichéd shape. - Danny Wadeson
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