Permalight

March 2, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Label: Brushfire Records/Universal
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  • Total Length: 38:49
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  • ASIN: B0039A8R7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,632 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Their musicianship is stellar, and simple yet creative.
JLG
I know people toss around names like The Shins or Death Cab, but really Rogue Wave just sounds like Rogue Wave - and to me that's a very good thing.
Russell Evansen
If you're a fan or an interested newcomer who can deal with a shiny-sweet tune, give this one a listen.
Neal Wiggermann

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on March 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD
"Will you be the bed for me when they set the world on fire / just to see it burn?" frontman Zach Schwartz asks on "Solitary Gun," the opening song off Rogue Wave's deliciously bouncy new record Permalight. For a band that has been through some of the hells Rogue Wave have suffered over the past few years, including the death of a former bandmate and one member's struggle with kidney failure, "Solitary Gun" is an unexpected shot in the arm, a booster of unbridled joy and money hooks that belie the song's apocalyptic images. Indeed, "Solitary Gun" is a most unlikely anthem, one that sets the tone for the rest of Permalight as a bright, buoyant beacon of hope.

Viewed through the context of the band's three-year hiatus and the tragedies the members' themselves have suffered, one would be forgiven for thinking that Permalight would be a dirge of a record, one mired in weepy indie pop and bent on exorcising the ghosts of its past. But while it does exorcise those ghosts, it does it in the most defiant way possible, through bubbling synths and lyrics about love machines like on the obscenely catchy "Good Morning (The Future)," or via quietly surging lullabies like the beautifully glacial "Sleepwalker." Gone are the dreamy guitar-pop of their past and the constant Shins references - Rogue Wave have embraced electro to buff up their strikingly powerful guitar hooks, and rather than lose themselves in a fad they assimilate it flawlessly, as one listen to single "Good Morning (The Future)" quickly proves.

That's not to say that the folksy heart of Schwartz's songwriting has been subverted by mindless hooks; rather, the electronic additions to songs like the gently swelling "Fear Itself" and the jittery hooks of "Stars and Stripes" inject a whole new kind of life into the proceedings.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Real Raleigh Reviewer on March 12, 2010
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The Shins really went the same route with Wincing the Night Away; more of an electronic gumball pop album that seems to be about 75% mainstream pop/rock and 25% Shins. Same with Permalight. Starts OK and really fizzles out as you go through. I can barely bring myself to finish listening to the entire album. Some of these tracks are just mystifying - and not in a good way, but rather in the way that you wonder "why bother?". Now for the compulsory "I liked these guys before they were cool"; I did, my wife and I watched them opening for Shins in Norfolk about 6 years ago and bought their album afterwards (which they signed). Great, great stuff. I'm not a naysayer for Rogue Wave. Just liked the quirky instrumentals and vocals and totally absorbing rhythms earlier on a little better. You can take this with a grain of salt; the true Rogue Wave fan is nevertheless compelled to buy this album, for completeness if for no other reason! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell Evansen on May 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Rogue Wave is one of the few bands around today that you really can't compare to anyone else. I know people toss around names like The Shins or Death Cab, but really Rogue Wave just sounds like Rogue Wave - and to me that's a very good thing. It's a tribute to the band's ability to create songs that are sonically varied and adventurous, and to their desire to grow and evolve from record to record. I've always been a firm believer in allowing bands the space and freedom to stretch and experiment. I don't understand why so many people seem to want their favorite bands to make the same record over and over again. "Permalight" is definitely a departure from "Vultures" and "Asleep at Heaven's Gate," but you can still find bits and pieces of the band's past scattered across the songs. Granted, tunes like "Goodnight" and the title cut are not going to be to everyone's taste, but after several close listens I found plenty to like about them - and for those who want their old beloved Rogue Wave there are great songs like "The Fear Itself," which would be right at home on any of the band's previous records. I give Zach credit for coming through difficult personal times with a bright outlook and a willingness to push himself and his band forward. It's called personal and professional growth, people, and it's the only thing that keeps an artist both relevant and interesting. Rock on, Rogue Wave!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bb on October 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Permalight seemed too monochromatic when I first listened. Sure, "Solitary Gun" is a chugging kind of catchy, but really none of these songs stay with you. There's a thin line between filler and real content--and that's what makes Permalight so tricky: these are all good songs, no clunker. But They all straddle the line of merely good filler.

Aside from that, Rogue Wave seems to have indulged a little more of their anglophilia (you'll catch a whiff of a faux-Brit accent throughout). "Good Morning," like a lot of the album, sees RW drifting toward electro-funk with a weird 80s freak-robot-spook bridge, but the classic hooks are there. It's new for them (in a drum machine kind of way) but it works. Think of Asleep At Heaven's Gate's "Phonytown," extending its interests.

"Stars and Stripes" is Wave elvolving, but in a suitible and natural way, as in it doesn't sound contrived or forced. But the title cut is more electro-stomp 80s, which is all fine and good, but when you realize that that's the indie vogue right now, and that Rogue Wave have kind of abandoned their established (sometimes haunting) indie sound to chase it, it lets you down.

The album starts strong (I like all the first six, regardless of artistic integrity), but drifts a little from there. "Fear Itself" is unconvincing, but still musically interesting, and very catchy. The next few songs, though, reach for pop success but don't feel as rewarding as some of their previous work.

Still, Permalight closes on a strong note. "I'll Never Leave You" is softer, a throwback to old school Rogue Wave, and "You Have Boarded" is heavily vocally distorted (in a good way) British Invasion with a nice guitar lick.
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