Megalithic Symphony [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 on top poppy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 on top 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," 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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • Label: Red Bull Records
  • UPC: 844942012390
  • Catalog Number: 1239
  • Sales rank: 6,062

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Megalithic Symphony (0:57)
  2. 2 Some Sort of Creature (0:26)
  3. 3 Soul Wars (3:37)
  4. 4 People (3:58)
  5. 5 Jump on My Shoulders (4:08)
  6. 6 Burn it Down (2:45)
  7. 7 Guilty Filthy Soul (3:33)
  8. 8 Kill Your Heroes (2:58)
  9. 9 My Nightmare's Dream - Watts Choir (0:26)
  10. 10 Sail (4:19)
  11. 11 Wake Up (3:02)
  12. 12 Not Your Fault (4:02)
  13. 13 All I Need (3:37)
  14. 14 Knights of Shame (14:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Thiskidsnotalright (2:43)
  2. 2 Some Kind of Joke (4:54)
  3. 3 Everybody's Got a Secret (3:44)
  4. 4 Soul Wars (4:25)
  5. 5 MF (3:19)
  6. 6 Swinging From the Castles (3:04)
  7. 7 I've Been Dreaming (3:00)
  8. 8 Shoestrings (3:13)
  9. 9 Not Your Fault (5:54)
  10. 10 People (5:43)
  11. 11 Burn it Down (4:58)
  12. 12 Guilty Filthy Soul (4:20)
  13. 13 Jump on My Shoulders (4:08)
  14. 14 Sail (4:40)
  15. 15 Sail (4:36)
  16. 16 Sail (3:31)
  17. 17 Sail - Kendrick Lamar (4:02)
  18. 18 Sail (5:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
AWOLNATION Primary Artist
Brian West Synthesizer, Casio
Christopher Thorn Guitar
Aaron Bruno Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
Jimmy Messer Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Drew Stewart Guitar
Isaac Carpenter Drums
Billy Mohler Bass, Guitar
The Curtains Vocals
Kenny Carkeet Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards
Cameron Duddy Vocals
Arielle Verinis Vocals
Hayden "Great White Shark" Scott Drums
Dave Amezcua Bass
Watts Choir Vocals
Tony Royster Jr. Drums
Tarrah Toland Vocals
Technical Credits
Eric Stenman Engineer, Additional Production
Brian West Producer, Engineer
Christopher Thorn Engineer, Additional Production
A. Bruno Composer
Aaron Bruno Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Jimmy Messer Producer, Engineer, Additional Production
J. Messer Composer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
D. Nakamura Composer
Vince Casamatta Engineer
Corrie Christopher Booking
Kenny Carkeet Engineer
Sean Goulding Booking
Adam Brill Booking
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