I just got to this song this morning, and here I am, pitching this review to you.
Lyric video for Wake Me Up.
Wake Me Up is Avicii's first single from his new album True. Ever since Avicii broke into mainstream with his radio hits Levels and collaborating with Flo Rida Good Feeling (producer, both sharing the same beat). The Swedish producer since then has become one of the top mega-producers of our current generation, not only bringing EDM (Electronic Dance Music) to the next level, but the consistency and the passion Avicii brings to the game is just absolutely astonishing. This time, his debut studio album will be dropped in style, and Wake Me Up it's predecessor to a collection of possibly, one of the year's best fed-production album.
Wake Me Up starts off slowly, the country vibe tingling through your eardrums as the instrumentation easily clear, showcasing just how creative and innovative Avicii's expertise could land him in. Featuring American soul singer Aloe Blacc (not credited), his vocals battle it out with the crystal clear approach and the amazing effects that covers it up well. Avicii has just put out his main course on a silver platter, and Aloe's vocals are just lined up for dessert.
What I love next most is the way Avicii's tracks blends with. The country elements are just gibberish to some dance music fanatics, but Avicii's implementation of it, together with Aloe's soul vocals, the track sums up that genre mashing is still a big achievement in this day and age of electronic music. Also, the beat that collectively ends the choruses in between the hangover, is just simply effectual. Cool, vibrant and lush; the beat drops at the right moment, and the overall intensity just notches up so much higher.
So wake me up when it's all over
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - The genre mashing, the beats, the vibe; all of this are just simply the work of an inspiring true artist.
SOUND: 9/10 - As said above. The track is hands down amazing.
LYRICS: 9/10 - What other EDM track which has full-on beats which are gutted in your face still has incredible, relevant and related lyrics?
OVERALL: 27/30 - Avicii has outdone himself, showcased his talent and brought the competitive level to it's next phase. This is a summer set, the song which will bite on people's hounds for weeks to come, and possibly months. Wake Me Up is just brilliant, an electro-magnetic hit that pulls at your heart-strings and pretty much is your escape tool to a paradise where the sun never goes down. Play it for days, and you will agree with me.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.