Released: November 2005

There’s a reason why six years on, ‘Wake Up’ still remains one of the biggest guns in the AF live arsenal. Well, there’s many. That surly, chugging riff and the way the ripple of keys introduces the chorus like a sunburst through the clouds. The way that Win Butler realized that the best thing he could do for that chorus would be to just get his whole band to sing “ohhhh, ohhh, woaaah-oh-oh-ohhhhh” over and over. The way after finally building to a howling torrential climax, it completely wrongfoots you by changing nearly four minutes through into a completely different, country-skippy-twinkly kind of song, leaving you with a sense of celebration and limitless possibility. Those sorts of things. (EM)


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