Out Of The Shadow - Rogue Wave
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  • Summary: Originally self-released by the band in 2003, this debut album for Rogue Wave (basically just namesake Zach Rogue, plus additional musicians on some songs) was remastered and re-released by Sub Pop in 2004.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  1. Think Doug Martsch fronting the Shins and playing the sweetest Carl Newman jams ever. [Sep 2004, p.124]
  2. Some of his melodies are so easily memorable they make The Thrills sound like Rammstein.
  3. Out of the Shadow remains one of the most promisingly straight-forward indie-rock/pop debuts since Oh, Inverted World.
  4. Despite the band's penchant for uneven electronic dirges, Out Of The Shadow is a very accessible work -- perhaps too accessible for indie enthusiasts who thrive on innovation and sonic exploration.
  5. Deceptively inventive, darkly melodic Simon & Garfunkel and (Elliott) Smithisms. [4 Sep 2004, p.72]
  6. A textbook case of college rock, performed very well. [Oct 2004, p.129]
  7. This is not perfect music: the observations seem to easily gained; the faster songs mere replicas of previous monuments; and no matter how graceful the notes' elisions, an unskillful denouement on many of the songs' endings.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. BrianJ
    Sep 15, 2004
    10
    Wow, what a great album. I usually don't give albums 10's, but this one is worth it. This is a must have for fans of the Shins and New Pornographers. This album sneaks up on you. Very melodic. Expand
  2. BrianH
    Sep 10, 2004
    10
    Great record. Favs: Sewn Up, Be Kind and Remind, Falcon Settles Me
  3. ErinM
    Sep 10, 2004
    10
    Sounds like the Shins!
  4. GregH
    Jan 15, 2005
    9
    Comparison to the Shins is appropriate, and I think I might like Rogue Wave better than the Shins - which coming from me, means alot.....
  5. matta
    Jul 13, 2005
    9
    This really is a great album, one of the five best of the year in my opinion. I agree with others who have said they are similar to the Shins but better.....they really are better, better melodies, better strong structure, better sound....just all-around better. It will be interesting to see if they can duplicate the brilliance shown here on their sophomore release. Expand
  6. JohnC
    Feb 5, 2005
    9
    Forget the Shins. This is so far superior to The Shins, and I like the shins. The album is one of the best of the years and give promise to what could be one of the next great band. Expand
  7. jasont
    Sep 18, 2004
    8
    A very, very good album. I'd give it an 8.4 if that were available. Lyrically the songs leave something to be desired, but melodically they are borderline brilliant. Expand

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