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Asleep at Heavens Gate
Rogue Wave
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Reviewed: 9/29/2007 by Ryan

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So Rogue Wave had been through all kinds of trials and tribulations, kidney ailments, family tragedies, line-up changes, and record label conflict. They couldnít come to terms with their old label Sub-Pop, but they were snatched up by Jack Johnsonís Brushfire imprint, and because of that label positioning Rogue Wave has set themselves up for a really good shot at some serious success outside of the independent world. Even for independent music Rogue Wave is highly experimental. By listening through the record you would actually guess that these guys are from the UK (theyíre from San Francisco), because thatís really the sound that they have. Their music has the thinness and the delicateness of a band like Travis. They take that Travis like delicacy and then they do some weird percussion alongside of it, and thatís basically Rogue Wave in a nut shell. Rogue Waveís debut album for Brushfire called ďAsleep at Heavenís GateĒ comes out like gangbusters. The first three tracks on this album are outstanding. They might be a little long, but overall they are superb. The problem is everything after those first three songs is hard to get into and almost sub-par. Even for Rogue Wave, they get a little too experimental at times and generally just not as sincere as they did in their early years. Thereís flashes of brilliance here and there after those first three songs, but nothing else really lines up with the few beginning tracks on this album. This is this bandís third release and it had the potential to really launch their careers to even higher places than where theyíre at now, unfortunately Rogue Wave came out with a bit of a dud. Iím only being so hard on the guys because quite frankly you can tell they can do better. Especially after listening to the first three tracks- thatís what this album should have been.

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