Awake's biggest weakness is its trouble with making songs memorable: How much can one big, shimmery mid-tempo song stand out from the next? It stumbles a bit out of the gate with a couple of early tunes that leave something to be desired, but hits its stride midway through with the gentle slow-burn piano of "Duisburg" culminating in a Broken Social Scene-esque crescendo, and the pleasantly sparse "Lose That Light." The highlight comes just before the end in the uplifting, irresistible melodies of "Arrow," followed with the understated, heart-wrenching "Science."
Awake follows a formula, to be sure, but it's a formula that Folly & The Hunter have managed to perfect. And that method — a mixture of cinematic swells, wordless codas, sharp percussion and big emotion — are also very hard to resist. (Outside)