Slow-building hits have become increasingly rare in mainstream music, but AWOLNATION has had the sort of chart run that used to happen with some regularity. The group released its full-length debut album almost exactly two years ago, and it has thus far peaked at a modest No. 87 on the Billboard 200. But all this time later, it's still on the chart not too many notches below that high point; furthermore, one of the album's songs ("Sail") has sold a couple of million copies, and might well move a few million more before its chart run ends. The group is still touring and coming to Raleigh next week, so check here for a preview.
AWOLNATION: Slow and steady wins the race
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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.