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Rogue Wave, ‘Permalight’ (Brushfire)

picture-18328-1372869155David Peisner // February 21, 2010

On their first three albums, Rogue Wave luxuriated in the melancholy side ofthe California dream. Here they trade rainy days for sunny optimism, unbridled rock, and grooves you can almost dance to. “We Will Make a Song Destroy” isan ambitious title for a band known for winsome pop bummers, but asguitars toggle from delicate to full blast, it lives up to its billing. With an acoustic guitar strumming over percolating synths, frenetic beats, and a rubbery bass line, “Good Morning” feels like Depeche Mode on happy pills. A jarring, but refreshing, makeover.