September 21, 2006

Rogue Wave's Descended Like Vultures

Print More

With the Strokes still ringing in our ears, it’s about time to find something to drown them out before they become permanent. On first impression, I thought Rogue Wave’s second album would be a fair substitution, but with a closer listen it seems like the album’s not strong enough for the task. Descended Like Vultures is just another one of those interchangeable indie-rock groups that make you think of its better known predecessors. There are a few standout songs that bring up the value of an otherwise so-so album: The folksy-sweet strummings of “Salesman at the Day of the Parade” makes me crave a late summer night’s drive by the water with it playing on repeat, and “10:1” has a tantric head shaking feel that I can never get enough of. “Love’s Lost Guarantee” manages to dig its way under your skin. It’s not a bad album and definitely something to look into, but in the meantime I’m still searching for something to get “Last Nite” out of my head.