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Rogue Wave is thrilled to announce the release of their fifth studio album, Nightingale Floors, on June 4 via Vagrant Records. This release follows the band’s 2010 album Permalight and is their first for the label. The debut track from the album, titled “College,” can be heard on-line now.

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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Definitely one of the best albums I have heard in the last year.
It builds nicely on first album,'Out of the Shadow', and shows how the band have grown. Where the first album showcased songs written by frontman Zach Rogue, this album shows the influence of a whole band approach and the sound is more varied and certainly amplified. Songs like 'Publish my love' and '10:1' have more volume than anything on 'Out of the Shadow' but retain all of the melody and beauty that made the first album stand out. These are more immediate and catchy songs that leave you humming for hours.
The album is not a total departure, however, from the first album. Songs like 'California' and 'Salesman at the day of the Parade' are simple, beautiful acoustic efforts that are awash with melody and held together by Rogue's vocals.
If this album is your first experience of the band you will not be disappointed. Fans of The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie and Kingsbury Manx will also definitely find something to enjoy here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Bungle on 2 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Following on from the excellent debut of Out Of The Shadow wasn't going to be easy. That was one of the surprise highlights of 2004 and quickly established Zach Rogue as a talented songwriter. Anyone who hoped for more of the same will not be disappointed. Vultures essentially grows out of that earlier success and adds a little variation. This isn't a direct photocopy by any means, but track for track Rogue Wave tread solid and familiar ground. "Catform" and "California" are particular acoustic highlights rivalling the pop-hooks of "Postage Stamp World" for melody. None of the faster tracks are quite as good as "Endless Shovel" however, but it's all good quality stuff. Lead single "10:1" sounds like nothing on Shadow - sounding like a more urgent and immediate Flaming Lips. Vultures is a steady and solid follow-up that, while doing nothing much new, does suggest good things for the future.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
More sunny power pop from an up-and-coming group 24 Nov. 2005
By somethingexcellent - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For all intents and purposes, the first album from Rogue Wave (Out Of The Shadow) was a solo effort from lead man Zach Rogue that was later filled-in a bit with the help of some musician friends. At first, the group released the CDs on their own, and then like some sort of indie-band dream come true, they found the album re-remastered and re-released by Sub Pop, and the group went on tour in support of it. Enjoying a fair amount of chemistry together, they started writing tracks for a new release together.

Part of the charm of that first album was a sort of rough-hewn and even a bit scattered quality that no doubt came from the fact that one person played a large part in writing most of the songs. Descended Like Vultures then, is just about the complete opposite in most ways, with most songs bursting forth in polished in precise ways. These power pop (even rock, dare I say) tracks are offset a few quieter, understated moments where Rogue croons over more stripped-down instrumentation. "Bird On A Wire" opens the release with aforementioned bombast, and it's obvious that it's going to be an altogether different album than the quirky first release as waltzing verses sway with nervous, noisy punctuations and power ballad choruses.

"Publish My Love" is another sweeping track that utilizes multiple layers of guitar and an almost shiny production quality, and the louder moments stick out even more because of it. Basically, Descended Like Vultures sounds like the album you might imagine from the group in the first place if they'd had more of a production budget and decided to rock out more. On both "Love's Lost Guarantee" and "10:1" (and several other tracks really), one can hear the great melodies that the group pulled off on their first album magnified. The clever lyrics of Rogue are still there, there's just a lot more going on at the same time.

There are a few places on the album where the full band and more lush sound leads things to sound a smidge more rote than on the debut, but despite the new production opportunities, the group doesn't go too overboard and even mixes in a couple more simple tracks for good measure (like the warm, acoustic "California" and subtle synths and guitars of "Salesman At The Day Of The Parade"). One could argue that it sounds like a different group on this release, and technically it is. Still, if you like the last album from Rogue Wave, I can't imagine you going wrong with this one.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
One of 2005's Most Underappreciated Albums. 17 Dec. 2005
By Cale E. Reneau - Published on
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I'm a Rogue Wave fan. I'm the only Rogue Wave fan that I know of, and it's a shame. I've been listening to them since their first album "Out of the Shadow" was released and have followed them closely since then. When I read that their newest album "Descended Like Vultures" was a departure from their first album, I was scared. Then I bought it. Wow.

There's really not a bad song on the album. There are definitely low points ("You"), but nothing worth trashing completely. The songs on the album range from soft, acoustic pop songs ("Salesman at the Day of the Parade") to undisputable distorted indie rock ("10:1"). If you're not a Rogue Wave fan, it might be a tough listen, but give it a shot and you're bound to find something you like. If you're a Eliot Smith fan, then there should be no problem making the leap into Rogue Wave territory, since Zach Rogue is surprisingly similar to the late artist. Give it a shot, listen to the samples, and judge for yourself. For me, I love it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
More stars than Burt Reynolds' New Years party 4 Nov. 2005
By Devon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I think this record is great. Kevin, did you lose to Mr. Rogue in a battle of the bands in high school or something?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Descended Like Vultures 26 Dec. 2005
By Peter Viox - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album fits in quite well with its Sub Pop counterparts. It's sure to please fans of "Oh, Inverted World" and "Chutes Too Narrow", but don't get too caught up in the Shins comparison. "Descended Like Vultures" stands on its own two feet with a resumé stuffed with enough indie pop grandness, but also just enough variation to make it interesting.

Dabbing in both slow jams and high-powered electric pop tracks, Rogue Wave also takes the time to flavor the songs with intelligent, thought-provoking (and equally catchy) lyrics. Listeners will find the acoustic tracks well placed and paid their due attention. Did I just hear a hint of Bob Dylan in "Medicine Ball"?

I really find it difficult to say anything bad about this album. I was blown away and I've been having a hard time keeping this out of my CD player for the last two weeks. Highly recommended!

No two songs sound too alike. The vocalist noodles his way around every other instrument almost too well ... Preferred tracks: "Bird On A Wire", "Publish My Love", "Love's Lost Guarantee", "Are You On My Side" (can't I just say them all?)

Go ahead and get it. Give it two straight listens - you really shouldn't be disappointed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rogue Wave - Descended Like Vultures 4 Feb. 2006
By Brian - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Rogue Wave is not an original band. That said, they are still a good band. I think, they do what they do best, in a sea of sound-alike Indie Pop/Rock bands. They sound so pure, so fresh, and fun. Who can deny the beauty of a song as rockin as "Bird on a Wire". Other sweet tracks like the bittersweet "California", "Catform", "Publish My Love", and the single "10:1" complete this album.

"Descended Like Vultures" is vastly underrated. In my opinion, few other bands have put out such a complete album of ballads and rockers and pop-hooks and outstanding song-writing.
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