Permalight - Rogue Wave
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  • Summary: Formed in Oakland, California by Zach Schwartz, the indie rock band releases its fourth full-length album and its first with Cameron Jasper who replaced Patrick Abernethy (who took over for Evan Farrell when he left the band in 2007) on bass.
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  1. The new formula will undoubtedly freak out some folks not used to shaking it like a Polaroid picture, but those willing to give the whole package a chance will be rewarded with a robust disc that deftly balances mindless fun with mindful focus.
  2. The production, songs, and vocals are all perfectly in tune with each other, and the band has crafted a pretty impressive return to form. Permalight is still a far way from the bedroom origins of the group, but it’s also far from being a Coldplay knock-off, and anyone who’s been a fan from the start can certainly appreciate that.
  3. Unpretentious, streamlined and--as Rogue himself proclaimed--overwhelmingly "up up up." [Winter 2010, p.65]
  4. In the three years since Rogue Wave’s last album, frontman Zach Rogue has discovered the synthesizer. This isn’t bad in theory, but in practice the newfound instrument does little to lift Rogue Wave to the next level.
  5. 60
    A jarring, but refreshing, makeover.
  6. Unfortunately, and perhaps predictably, their new drive can be awkward. Even more unfortunately, it's most notable on what should be their catchiest songs.
  7. Overproduction ultimately damns this record as much as anything, with everything cranked to 11 and Rogue’s voice constantly reverbed. Permalight sounds like a band who’s incredibly eager to impress, which wasn’t how Rogue emerged on the scene, a singer of simple pop songs.

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