In Rolling Waves - The Naked and Famous
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25

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  1. Oct 3, 2013
    8
    The Naked and Famous' highly anticipated new album, In Rolling Waves, is spectacularly produced and is a beautiful sonic experience (like there previous album). This albums highlights include "Hearts Like Ours", "The Mess", "Golden Girl" and "I Kill Giants". Unfortunately, this album isn't as enjoyable as their previous outing, Passive Me, Aggressive You and some songs are a little boring. But overall, In Rolling Waves is a fantastic album that could have brilliant if it weren't for some errors. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2013
    8
    A touch more glossy than the debut, but the buildups are worth it and the trance layers mixed with guitar sound fresh. The song structure is too similiar though anc needs a few slower changups.
  3. Sep 18, 2013
    8
    This record is less fussy but retains the winning combination of sleek synth waves with aggressive guitar riffs. It doesn't branch out much, but where it does go is positive. There is no filler here. With this album The Naked & Famous leave other contemporary wunderkind bands like Sleigh Bells and School Of Seven Bells in the dust. 'In Rolling Waves' is a near perfect combination of catchy pop hooks, dark electro soundscapes and guitar riffs that feel genuine. A great sophomore effort. Collapse
  4. Sep 17, 2013
    7
    It's a good album. It channels more of the kind of sound from Punching In a Dream, which in my opinion, is one of their weaker songs from Passive Me, Aggressive You, but definitely one of their more popular. This album lacks the intensity and aggressiveness present on their EP's and some of Passive Me, Aggressive You. So while it's good, it's not as good as I wanted it to be.
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 11, 2013
    60
    In Rolling Waves' most successful songs benefit from restraint. [Nov 2013, p.112]
  2. Sep 30, 2013
    50
    Stripped of much of the effervescent raw power that made their d├ębut so infectiously enjoyable, In Rolling Waves ultimately makes for a disappointing and frustrating experience.
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    70
    A welcome return.