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  • Audio CD (Sept. 17 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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2013 album from the New Zealand Alt-Rock quintet. Beyond a life hard-wired to Pop culture via the 24 hour news feed, The Naked And Famous elicit a romantic connection inspired by the golden era of Alternative Rock; a shared response to a teenage soundtrack of epic, emotionally charged mid-'90s music. By June 2012, the New Zealand quintet had played to more than 600,000 people in 24 countries, but the band chose to hit pause and embark on a second album. The resulting album, In Rolling Waves, delivers darkly nuanced, intricately rocking electro gems once again born in bedroom studio sessions, then demoed in studios in Wales and Australia ahead of recording at Sunset Sound in Hollywood. Thom Powers sought out Alan Moulder (NIN, Foals, My Bloody Valentine) to mix this daydreaming dark-wave experiment. In 2013, The Naked And Famous are matured and determined to deliver new music to their fans as soon as possible.

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A good album by a very talented band. A couple of true gems here. Unfortunately, a couple of rote, run of the mill clunkers as well.
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Awesome Follow Up Album
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HASH(0xa304b84c) out of 5 stars Addictive Synth Pop but Drags Towards the End Sept. 17 2013
By Madeline - Published on Amazon.com
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My feelings about New Zealand band The Naked and Famous's first album, "Passive Me, Aggressive You", verge on the ridiculous. They had simply managed to create such a unique synth/electronic/pop sound that was so fresh, memorable and fun that was I completely hooked. Ever since, I've just had huge expectations of the possibilities of this album. Does it completely live up to my expectations---no--and in many ways I think you could argue this is a weaker record, but it's good to keep in mind that the album I'm comparing it to one of my 2010 albums of the year. At the end of the day, this album is more mature and moodier with a wider range of instrumentation--and still has moments of epic bombastic highs.

This album starts off with a bang-- "A Stillness", "Hearts Like Ours", and "Rolling Waves" are three of the best tracks off the album. Album opener, "A Stillness" also shows the broader musical range of the band on this album with it's acoustic guitar driven edge. "Waltz" has a classy duet of Thom's and Alisa's vocals floating over each others which creates something really special (this layering appears on a couple different songs actually). "The Mess" and "I Kill Giants" are both solid hits for me as well. Not spectacular, but consistently enjoyable and will be go to songs as they can fit many different moods. "A Small Reunion" is a beautiful epic close with the appearance of a building vibrant strings section that just makes so much sense paired with TNAF's signature synth/drum/guitar sound.

In fact, I wish they would have played around more with the strings on several latter middle half songs like "We Are Leaving", "Grow Old", "Golden Girl" and "What We Want." They have great ends but tepid and rather boring beginnings. The addition of some interesting instruments on the first halves of these songs could have really saved them. It's not that I insist all TNAF songs be upbeat--but to have several in a row with the same song structure (minimal and quiet for about 2-3 minutes, then get aggressive), it just takes away the drama of the songs. It let's them bleed together which is just as bad on an album as it is when your clothes in the washing machine all come out hot pink. Also, I felt that nothing even the singles on the album reached the same heights of "Punching in a Dream" from their debut.

That said--we're just a few months short of the end of the year here, and this is definitely one of the pop standouts for me. MGMT and Grouplove both have albums dropping today too, and I have to think this was somewhat of an intentional thing as these bands often get compared. In that tossup--hands down, it's TNAF. This album is just more cohesive with better hooks as well as an increasing depth of lyrics and atmosphere which I think really makes them stand out. Final round win for the Kiwis and here's hoping to even better progression and song structures on their next venture!

For fans of bands like CHVRCHES, M83, and Passion Pit.
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HASH(0xa2f438e8) out of 5 stars Love it Sept. 18 2013
By D - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful record. Maybe less "fun" than the band's debut, but I prefer a more mature sound anyway, so for me this album is even better than their last. Much of it is slow burning, pretty, and has a warmth to it that is uncharacteristic of most electronic music. Even when it's upbeat, it remains fairly mellow. It's an album that's meant to move our spirits, not our bodies. The whole album is strong, and I just love that it closes with one of its best songs, building to a big, echoing climax. It's a perfect ending to one of my favorite albums of the year.

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HASH(0xa2dadd44) out of 5 stars Best of 2013 Oct. 1 2013
By John Dye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I know it's crazy, but stay with me here...Y'know the scene in "Easy A" when Olive (Emma Stone) runs down every triumphant fist-in-the-air climax scene from John Hughes' quintessential '80s films, together with Lloyd Dobler hoisting "In Your Eyes" on a boom box in "Say Anything"? Listening to this album is a bit like that. It's like sailing off into a pink and orange sunset with a warm breeze at your back. It's like straining every muscle in your body beyond exhaustion in order to ascend that icy peak with an incomparably commanding view. It's like having your heart shattered in a million pieces and then, when at your most despondent, miraculously mended. It's like coming to the cathartic realization that you have been your own worst enemy all along, and resolving to blaze a new trail at last.

I'm thinking particularly of "Hearts Like Ours," "Rolling Waves," "I Kill Giants" and "What We Want"...but ultimately, all 12 tracks on the breathtaking "In Rolling Waves" form a synergistic harmony of song and sound.

Color me somewhat surprised by the relatively lukewarm reception this album receives from ardent fans of the first. I jumped all over Passive Me, Aggressive You from the moment I first heard "Young Blood" (still one of my all-time favorite high-energy tunes). As others have noted, In Rolling Waves is mellower, more contemplative than the first -- think "Eyes" and "No Way" instead of "Punching in a Dream." But In Rolling Waves is so much more interesting and complete than PMAY -- I don't find myself reaching for the 'skip' button like I was inclined to do with about 1/3 of PMAY. Here, each track is uniquely fashioned to be, and merits being, part of the whole.

This a meticulously-crafted gem that rewards multiple close listens. Forget the MP3 download, you have to hear the full uncompressed CD in order to appreciate the care TNAF put into this album.

Rating: Five stars not nearly enough; try GALAXY.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa337d534) out of 5 stars I'm in love Oct. 11 2013
By J. A. Huss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I liked the first CD but like most people, I pick and choose the songs I like. Rarely do I buy whole CD's. So the last CD I bought three songs. Young Blood, The Sun, and Girls Like You.

I have been listening to In Rolling Waves on Spotify for a few days because I'm starting a new book and I'm looking for a playlist to listen to as I write. But I seriously had In rolling Waves on repeat for the entire day and last night I just need to own it. :) It's been on repeat all morning now, too. I don't even know if I can choose a favorite - I think The Mess, but honestly, I love them all. Awesome artistic growth from The Naked and the Famous. Love, love, love it. Sad, desperate, emotional, real.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2dad984) out of 5 stars Not quite what I was hoping for... Sept. 22 2013
By Matthew Logan - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, it's certainly not a bad album; it's just not what I was expecting. Most of the songs are sort of slow/pensive and they're a little repetitive. The ideas here are solid, but I wish there were more ideas per song. Also, this album lost a lot of the "pop" that "Passive Me..." had. Again, not a bad album, but not what I expected.

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