AWOLNATION: Run

Electro-rock crew overdoses on big ambitions on Album Two

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L.A.'s Awolnation broke out with their 2011 hit "Sail," a dark and stormy electro-rock power ballad on which singer Aaron Bruno succeeded in sliding the phrase "blame it on my ADD" into the pop consciousness. His ADD is still cooking on the band's latest album: Bruno is a studio impressionist whose songs flip from Cali-pop whimsy to lumpy dance rock to shout-y arena bombast as he drops chest-thumping lines like "I stand alone and curse at the sky." At their best, songs like "Dreamers" and "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" hint at something approaching the Queen of EDM — a terrifyingly ambitious idea that even someone more talented than Bruno would have a tough time pulling off.