Various - New Waves

New Wave is a broad term describing some of the music that followed punk - through the late 70s to the early 80s. In fact, some bands on this compilation (The Jam, The Buzzcocks) are punk. Elsewhere there's goth and electronic overtones, camp (Adam & The Ants), one hit wonders, and a clutch of classic English songwriters, including Elvis Costello and Billy Bragg.

Recognisability varies. Quirkiness abounds, occasionally becoming very irritating. (The B-52's seem to have based their whole career on being irritating.) However, there's a general tendency towards strong hooks and keeping things short. Listening to this, you may conclude New Wave was basically left of centre pop music. A mixed bag then, but almost worth buying for the brilliantly snotty Jilted John ("Gordon is a moron...") alone.

Overall

6

out of 10

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