Rogue Wave, 'Permalight' (Brushfire)

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Permalight
Critical Mass
Label: Brushfire

by David Peisner

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.

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