13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Descended Like Vultures is a low-key, indie-pop gem packed with plenty of hooks, sweet melodies, and a judicious use of spacey effects and reverberated vocals. Rogue Wave’s memorable debut, 2004’s Out of the Shadow, was basically a Zach Rogue solo project; this time he adds a three-piece backing band to achieve a fuller sound. And fuller it is, especially on the noisy “10:1” and the densely packed “You” and “Love’s Lost Guarantee.” But the band contributes more than volume. The up-tempo songs are warm and dynamic, featuring layered guitars, subtle strings, strong harmonies, and synthesizers that rise like steam from the studio murk and then dissolve away. Rogue possesses a high, lingering voice that lives somewhere between drowsy and detached, making certain lines hard to pick out. But if some lyrics are difficult to discern, the mood is not — think temporary rainy reclusion as opposed to permanent angst, a tone he nails perfectly on “Temporary” and “California,” two gorgeous acoustic ballads. Here’s hoping that Rogue keeps this band around next time he ventures into the studio. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Descended Like Vultures is a low-key, indie-pop gem packed with plenty of hooks, sweet melodies, and a judicious use of spacey effects and reverberated vocals. Rogue Wave’s memorable debut, 2004’s Out of the Shadow, was basically a Zach Rogue solo project; this time he adds a three-piece backing band to achieve a fuller sound. And fuller it is, especially on the noisy “10:1” and the densely packed “You” and “Love’s Lost Guarantee.” But the band contributes more than volume. The up-tempo songs are warm and dynamic, featuring layered guitars, subtle strings, strong harmonies, and synthesizers that rise like steam from the studio murk and then dissolve away. Rogue possesses a high, lingering voice that lives somewhere between drowsy and detached, making certain lines hard to pick out. But if some lyrics are difficult to discern, the mood is not — think temporary rainy reclusion as opposed to permanent angst, a tone he nails perfectly on “Temporary” and “California,” two gorgeous acoustic ballads. Here’s hoping that Rogue keeps this band around next time he ventures into the studio. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
150 Ratings

150 Ratings

rsh27 ,

This Year's Stand-out Album

Descended Like Vultures has established Rogue Wave as one of my favorite bands, even in the same year that I've discovered some of my all-time favorite albums and songs by the likes of other musical geniuses such as Sufjan Stevens, Hayden, Death Cab for Cutie (I never gave them an honest listen until Plans), Snow Patrol (their older hard to get import stuff) and the latest Pinback.

This album has beatiful melodies, complex lyrics, and a somewhat haunting melancholy feel. It's a must have.

Tsunami Steve ,

Wow.

I bought this album on somewhat of a whim, and I was absolutely amazed. I very rarely like an album so quickly. And it's not just a few songs--it's every song. Listen to a few of the previews, and if you even remotely like it, buy it. Best album of 2005 of any genre in my book.

Danny S. ,

Rouge wave-- Does it again!

Though the new album lacks instant Classics like Kicking the heart out, Descending Like Vultures, as a whole album, puts Out of the Shadow to shame. Rogue wave taps into its true potential with the expansion of musical experimentation. Their Premier album is mainly a Solo project by lead singer/song writer Zach Rogue, but Vultures includes equal share by the other four members: Spurgeon, Farrell, and Lebron. The new album has Beatles and Eliott Smith influence leaking out the wazzoo, and is far more 'processed' in its sound than Shadows. Cello and the use of curcuit bending, as well as many other new instruments is added to the arsenal with the introduction of the other band members. Every thing you loved from the premeir is still present. Lap steels, accousitsic guitar, and that Rhythmic pounding, yet oh-so calming drum beat are all still present. The concluson: If you liked out of the shadows, You will LOVE Descended like Vultures... Check it out...

if you like this album check out:
Either/Or - Elliott Smith
Apologies to the Queen Mary - Wolf Parade

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