Asleep At Heaven's Gate

Album Review of Asleep At Heaven's Gate by Rogue Wave.

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Asleep At Heaven's Gate

Rogue Wave

Asleep At Heaven's Gate by Rogue Wave

Release Date: Sep 18, 2007
Record label: Brushfire
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

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Asleep At Heaven's Gate - Mediocre, Based on 2 Critics

Prefix Magazine - 50
Based on rating 5.0/10

Band: Label: Audio: Review by Brian Reid.

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Austin Chronicle
Their review was very positive

The difference between Rogue Wave's third LP and their second, 2005's Descended Like Vultures (Sub Pop), is clear from the first note of the opening track, "Harmonium." Where earlier "Bird on a Wire" swooped and swayed melodically, the Asleep at Heaven's Gate kick-off starts out with an allegro-paced drum solo and a long instrumental introduction that sets a tone for the entire album. The Oakland quartet, now on Jack Johnson's Brushfire imprint, has a greater sense of urgency, sharper edges, and a more mature sound overall. And yet, tunes like "Chicago x 12" and "Christians in Black" remain relentlessly pretty, while the opening strains of "Own Your Own Home" embrace the ugly, occasional discordances of life.

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