• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Jun 4, 2013
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 17, 2013
    75
    Rogue Wave's fifth album features a handful of its best tunes yet. [No.99, p.59]
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    75
    Schwartz and company handle the chaos like old pros, further demonstrating their keen ability for mining something sweet out of life’s most sour notes.
  3. Jun 18, 2013
    70
    It’s a solid record; put it on and forget it.
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    70
    It may not be Rogue Wave's best record, since Out of the Shadows still holds that honor, but it is the record that is the best at showing all the sides of Rogue the songwriter and Rogue Wave the band, and for that it is well worth checking out.
  5. Jun 7, 2013
    66
    While part of this consistency is the cursive guitar work and snappy hooks that adorn many of the tracks, the fluidity within and between songs also plays a significant role. Rogue Wave have risen to the occasion.
  6. Jul 3, 2013
    65
    This isn't groundbreaking material--but it does showcase a band that has stuck to its guns, honed its craft, and created something pleasing to show for it.
  7. Jun 13, 2013
    64
    Permalight was an unacceptable rocking of the boat. Nightingale Floors is an all too predictable response, then, safely ensconced as it is in the warm, reverb-heavy sound of beloved predecessors like 2005’s Descended Like Vultures and an atmosphere far more organic in tone and mood than Permalight.
  8. Jun 4, 2013
    63
    There’s nothing too big, surprising or out-to-sea strange about what’s contained here, but there’s no doubt the record still succeeds.
  9. Jun 4, 2013
    63
    A modest record of modest aims from a songwriter coming to terms with his current station.
  10. 60
    A few more like ‘College’ and ‘Figured It Out’, with their emotional weight and memorable choruses, and they’d be onto something.
  11. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    The impotence of railing against it is a theme running through a lot of the record, and in the case of Nightingale Floors, coming to terms with the past has freed Rogue Wave to turn in what might be their finest work.
  12. 60
    It’s by no means Rogue Wave’s seminal work, but it manages to come off as an honest and hard-earned statement from a band that’s been dealt more than their fair shares of blows these past few years.
  13. Jun 6, 2013
    40
    After a troubling and bizarre fourth LP, Permalight, for Bushfire, the band returns, and not successfully, to these college radio roots, the power of the small idea, on their latest LP, Nightingale Floors.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 3, 2013
    9
    This is indie rock at it's finest from a band incapable of making a bad record.
    Amazingly, this is a band who time after time beats anything
    This is indie rock at it's finest from a band incapable of making a bad record.
    Amazingly, this is a band who time after time beats anything made by the likes of The Shins in terms of melody, musicianship, and production BUT somehow, somewhere, the powers that be decided that one band had to be a media darling no matter what. It's like BETA vs vhs, the media championed the lesser option and the masses swallowed it whole.

    The new RW continues with those subtle hooks and that grow into grandeur with each listen. Deceptively Lo-Fi, behind every song is a grand arrangement from a band that doesn't know the meaning a "filler" and know that every note counts.
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