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Editors’ Notes

Auckland, New Zealand’s Naked and Famous relocated to Los Angeles to prove that their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, wasn’t a fluke. After finding themselves compared to everyone from MGMT to Paramore, The Naked and Famous expand their approach on In Rolling Waves. If the response to the album's first single—the excellent “Hearts Like Ours”—is any indication, the quartet has won the hearts and minds of everyone who loves an indelibly catchy tune. This one is led by the cotton-candy sweet vocals of keyboardist Alisa Xayalith, but fellow vocalist Thom Powers won't cede all control. The two duet with intent on the not-quite-a “Waltz” before Xayalith’s solo spot runs off with it. Heartbreak's on the tongue of the quieter moments (“The Mess,” “Grow Old”), but so are epic rock stances. “To Move with Purpose” clings closer to aggressive hard rock and alt-feedback than the dance floor–accommodating “I Kill Giants” and “What We Want.” The Naked and Famous are clearly dangerous, ready to expand their reach to wherever they think their audience is willing to go. 

Customer Reviews

Keeps getting better

I have been waiting for this album to come out, and it was worth the wait. Unlike Passive Me, Aggressive You, it took me a couple of listen throughs to really get hooked into it. PMAU was easier to get into at first, but after awhile I found myself listening to only 6 or 7 of the songs. With this album I feel it is more complete from beginning to end. I just had to listen to it a few times to really appreciate what I was hearing. I don't skip any of the tracks because they are all that good.

My favorites so far include Hearts like Ours, Rolling Waves, The Mess, Golden Girl, I Kill Giants, What We Want, and A Small Reunion.

Highly recommended.

In Rolling Waves

This album is just so sad and lovely. A beautiful work of art.


I was an avid fan of Passive Me, Aggressive You, so naturally In Rolling Waves was a real let-down.


Formed: 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New Zealand indie electronic ensemble the Naked and Famous make driving, melodic pop with an '80s post-punk influence. Centered around the talents of vocalist Alisa Xayalith and instrumentalist/vocalist Thom Powers, the band formed in 2008 and released two EPs before adding members to play live. In 2010 they released their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, featuring the number one single "Young Blood." In support of their debut, the band went on a massive world tour, performing some 200 odd...
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