Katrina & The Waves
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Audio CD, November 1, 1995
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Songs Include : 1. Red Wine And Whiskey / 2. Do You Want Crying / 3. Que Te Quiero / 4. Machine Gun Smith / 5. Cry For Me / 6. Walking On Sunshine / 7. Going Down To Liverpool / 8. Mexico / 9. Sun Won't Shine Without You / 10. Game Of Love
"Walking on Sunshine" was the hit and the rest went nowhere, but that perfect summer single wasn't the alpha and omega of the cheerful belter Katrina Leskanich's band with songwriter (and former Soft Boys guitarist) Kimberley Rew. This self-titled album (the group's third, but first in the U.S.) has a handful of other terrific songs on it--notably the exquisitely wistful "Going Down to Liverpool," a minor hit for the Bangles, and the spirited downer counterpart to "Sunshine," "Do You Want Crying" (written by bassist Vince De La Cruz). The disc's also got some not-so-hot filler, but it's way more fun than the band's one-hit-wonder status would suggest. --Douglas Wolk
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6 classics and 3 other strong to very strong songs.
From the handful of Chuck Berry-inspired rockers to the sweet, sweet twin ballads, this CD packs a super punch.
K&tW were never close to this consistant or catchy again, but for one moment they were...walking on sunshine.
"Sunshine" has been played to death in movies and on radio stations, but is a fine cut.
From the opening harmonies of "Red Wine & Whiskey", to the Bangles-covered "Goin Down to Liverpool", to the Stone-sy licks on "Game of Love" that closes this rockfest, this recording should be part of your collection.
Perfect for driving down the highway on a summer day.
*** Get these songs on the "ANTHOLOGY", where he SOUND QUALITY is far superior. All the cuts are on on that Best of, plus some other good moments. A wiser purchase ***
"Red Wine and Whiskey" veers more towards Pretenders territory with its chugging harder-edged guitar. The fast-paced goodbye tune "Do You Want Crying," barely cracked the Top 40, sported a more pop sound despite keeping the Pretenders-like guitars
"Machine Gun Smith" is a throwback to old 50's rock and roll featuring a searing guitar solo towards the end of the song.
"Gonna sing you a sad sad song," says Katrina in the spoken intro of the 60's bluesy-gospel-soul ballad "Cry To Me," but it's also one of those songs of comfort. Her voice wavers from hard-edged rock chick to sensitive soul girl. Another standout cut here.
Their best known hit, "Walking On Sunshine," can either be seen as the epitome of girlish cornball pop or infectious fun with that poppy percussion section or the snappy horns that kick in during the intro and chorus. Maybe it's because it's been overplayed and ends up in some movie or other as the song cued in during the happy ending scene in comedies. Don't get me wrong, I like it... when it hits me in the right frame of mind, that is. Other times, I'm allergic to sunshine, metaphorically speaking.
However, the version of "Going Down To Liverpool" pales besides the Bangles' upbeat cover of it, despite the fact that it was Katrina and co. who originally did it. There's something wanting here, such as the tempo and arrangements. This and other songs here were originally done on their first two albums, and for their major label debut, they redid songs from those albums, with bad results in the case of this song.
"Mexico" combines 60's rock with a Latin "La Bamba"-type beat, and is a standout track. "The Sun Won't Shine Without You" shows Katrina can do a sentimental 60's R&B-style ballad. I get shades of Aretha's "You Make Me Feel" and Nazareth's "Love Hurts" listening to this.
The fun and rambling "The Game Of Love" with its southern-like guitars and sound, is a humorous song about a shy guy who doesn't know many dances, such as the alligator, bossa nova, or twist, and also, how to kiss. Katrina vows to teach him all those things as well as the title to boot. This could easily be done by the Georgia Satellites to give one an idea. She accompanies the music with shouts of "hit the books" and "get some learning."
Not bad of its sort, as other 80's new wave/power pop/etc. bands have been better, but at least they had "Walking On Sunshine" to make sure people remember them.