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  • Summary: Unlike debut 'Out Of The Shadow,' album number two is a full-band affair, with Zach Rogue joined in the studio by his touring band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Rogue's high, gentle vocals and halcyon harmonies mask lyrics that are occasionally dark and cynical--but never mushy. [28 Oct 2005, p.87]
  2. A fabulous collection of delirious, dizzy alt-pop.
  3. A perfect mix of tender melodies and rock and roll. [#11, p.108]
  4. For all its efforts to dazzle, Rogue Wave's music rarely engages the emotions the way it ought to. [Dec 2005, p.124]
  5. The production swamps. Too many waves of superfluities covering weak melodies and spearheading disappointing "new directions," too often sounding like the work of a far less interesting band.
  6. Rogue Wave now resemble a more earnest Flaming Lips. [Dec 2005, p.204]
  7. While the Big Chorus and post-hardcore theatricality are hardly disparate stylistic traits, it's odd that Rogue Wave would embrace them after establishing themselves as a nuanced pop outfit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. MichaelB.
    Aug 15, 2007
    10
    I don't care what some of the critics say, this is some of the most thoughtful, intelligent, and even emotional music being written I don't care what some of the critics say, this is some of the most thoughtful, intelligent, and even emotional music being written these days. This is the album for an autumn drive through the entire length of a flat state when you almost want to wave at any of the four cars you pass. Love. It. Expand
  2. Matt
    Dec 31, 2005
    10
    A perfect combination of the Beatles, Elliott Smith, and their own experimentation. One of the best of the year.
  3. MackB
    Jan 15, 2006
    10
    Wow, this is one amazing album. This one almost slipped past me, unnoticed, until my bro tipped me on to it. Most of the low "professional" Wow, this is one amazing album. This one almost slipped past me, unnoticed, until my bro tipped me on to it. Most of the low "professional" reviews are just lazy...and what's sad is that this is immediate stuff, so why take such a narrow-minded view? The melodies get stuck in your mind easily, yet most of the songs reward the listener on multiple listens, despite their instant catchiness. Oh well, just because some critics want to write them off doesn't diminish the album - it's just too bad these guys aren't quite getting the credit they deserve for writing such wonderful music. Expand
  4. andrewwr
    Nov 2, 2005
    9
    Rogue Wave congeals and makes a nearly perfect record
  5. chris
    Nov 22, 2005
    9
    This album is complete.
  6. MattA
    Nov 8, 2005
    9
    This is a great record, different but equal to their debut, that should be getting better reviews. I'm disappointed in Stylus for such a This is a great record, different but equal to their debut, that should be getting better reviews. I'm disappointed in Stylus for such a lazy review. The douche who reviewed probably only listened to the album once or twice, but the album needs at least a week of pretty constant listening to fully start making an impression on the listener. Anyway, great album and currently floating just outside my top ten of the year. Expand
  7. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    3
    such a letdown from their debut. retained none of the warmth or good feeling instead we get overproduced half assed experimentation over such a letdown from their debut. retained none of the warmth or good feeling instead we get overproduced half assed experimentation over non-memorable melodies. ugh Expand

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