Parquet Courts "Wide Awake!" (2018) ****

I'm new to the Parquet Courts court, having been introduced to them via their collaborative album with Daniele Luppi, last year's excellent Milano. Wide Awake! (2018), their sixth LP, was produced by pop workhorse Danger Mouse (who back in 2011, when Courts were releasing their first LP, himself collaborated with Luppi on the album Rome). Wide Awake! is equal parts dancefest and political rant, calling to mind The Clash, Wire and The Stranglers in varying degrees. Standout tracks are the raw and sadly truthful "Violence," the catchy AF sing-a-long title song and jaunty closer "Tenderness."

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