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Naked And Famous, The / In Rolling Waves
Album:In Rolling Waves Collection:General
Artist:Naked And Famous, The Added:Nov 2013
Label:Somewhat Damaged 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-11-07 Pull Date:2014-01-09 
Week Ending:Jan 5Dec 29Dec 22Dec 15Dec 8Dec 1Nov 24Nov 17

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 17, 2020:KZSU Time Traveler
I Kill Giants
4.Apr 05, 2019:KZSU Time Traveler
A Stillness
2.Feb 07, 2020:KZSU Time Traveler
A Stillness
5.Jul 14, 2017:KZSU Time Traveler
Hearts Like Ours
3.Sep 20, 2019:KZSU Time Traveler
A Stillness
6.Apr 07, 2017:KZSU Time Traveler
A Stillness

Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2013-11-06 
“In Rolling Waves” Naked and Famous
Sophomore album from the alternative rock-electro-pop band from New Zealand, which calls L.A. home now. The band toured for two years and was reportedly seen by 600,000 people in two dozen countries. It took a good bit of the past year off to work on In Rolling Waves, which is darker and has a harder edge than the band’s first full album. But overall, the Naked and Famous has grown in a promising direction and there are a number of excellent tracks among the set of 12 on the CD.
— Francis

Recommended: 1, 2, 5, 10, 8, 12. FCC on Track 6!

1. (5:22) A Stillness — Strummy acoustic guitar over swelling synth strings, with an off-kilter beat and jarring synth attacks. Builds to banging ending. Raspy trail-out at end. ****
2. (4:32) Hearts Like Ours — Electro-rock anthem showcases Alisa Xayalith’s soaring lead vocals and rich harmonies with Thom Powers. ****
3. (5:12) Waltz — Dubstep-influenced rhythm with noisy synths and moaning tones overlaid with urgent vocals including strong Xayalith/Powers duets.
4. (3:39) Rolling Waves — Exquisitely produced power pop-rock with soaring, trance-like vocals accompanied by waves of synths building to a wall of sound.
5. (4:06) The Mess — You’re in the middle of a couple’s argument over a failing relationship. Vibrating synths roar as the emotions grow. “How does it feel to be on the fault line?” ***
6. (6:36) Grow Old — Warning: FCC. Plodding pace. Reflective lyrics. Distorted male vocals. Shimmery, distant female vocal responses. Clashing middle. Quiet desperate ending. FCC (“f-cked it up”)
7. (2:12) Golden Girl — Slow-tempo, fragile interlude. Highly processed and reverbed female vocals.
8. (4:12) I Kill Giants — Pulsating, buzzy synths and chattering electronic drum track, building to rock choruses. Lyrics describe Xayalith’s reaction to her mother’s death from cancer. “Nothing but ashes in the old fireplace/With all the memories he has erased.” ***
9. (4:19) What We Want — Strummy acoustic guitar. Sweet harmonies drift on the breeze over an electronic drum ticking off the passing hours and days as a couple mulls what to do about a “trivial,” physical relationship.
10. (4:39) We Are Leaving — Another haunting track about failed relationships. Rain-like synths with stuttering beats and machine gun drums. ***
11. (5:03) To Move with Purpose — Floating synths and precise harmonies. The tempo increases and moves with a purpose (pun intended) toward the end.
12. (5:45) A Small Reunion — A sparkling closing duet between Xayalith and Powers. Strumming guitar and genuine or synth strings. Uplifting lyrics. Builds to a fully orchestrated ending. **

Track Listing
1.A Stillness 7.Golden Girl
2.Hearts Like Ours 8.I Kill Giants
3.Waltz 9.What We Want
4.Rolling Waves 10.We Are Leaving
5.The Mess 11.To Move With Purpose
6.Grow Old 12.A Small Reunion