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Retaining The Spirit But Moving Onwards
on 3 October 2013
Being 60 something I have sometimes have this problem with the current multiplicity of music genres; someone assured me that The Naked and Famous are a fine example of 'synth-pop' and then someone else said `Indie'. On hearing Passive Me, Aggressive You I settled for good, sharp, energetic music based on keyboards and guitars, and loved the album. And this album establishes them as a band with a future to remain fresh.
'In Rolling Waves' is certainly a The Naked and Famous album, there is that same signature clear energy. Vocals shared by Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers' on individual tracks or working just as well on duos.
Here there are examples of a slower pace and a deeper texture. It would be unfair to say an edge has gone, more accurate to say it has been honed. With the opening track `A Stillness' you can sense the band has undergone a development, as I said slower, and in this track almost a tinge darker; `A Heart Like Ours' has echoes of the previous album with Alisa's vocals soaring about the waves of sound; then comes `Waltz' handled by Thom and a much more introspective gentle offering while `Rolling Waves' again harks back to the previous album.
And this is the tone of the album moving from one pace to another. It's a very satisfying mesh of the signature sound of the band with a confidence to move on into those other areas. The last track highlights this, `A Small Reunion' is a poignant ballad sung as a duo, strings brought in to good effect without swamping those foundations of the band's music.
I mentioned these tracks just an examples, the whole album is an uplifting joy to listen to.
Once again (bears repeating) very encouraging for their future