Here Comes Everybody (Bonus Tracks) CD (2005)

Artist: Wake

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Product Overview


Label Darla Records
SKU 64001613
UPC 019148631071
UPC 14 05019148631071
Format CD
Release Date 4/5/2005
Author Wake
Associated Artist/Work Wake (The)
Technical Info
CatalogID LTMCD 2332
Lable Name LTM
Released 06/03/2002
Original Release 1985
Number of Discs 1
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 50191486310716
Album Notes and Credits
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Contains 16 tracks.
The Wake's second album is so much better than their first, 1982's Harmony, that the earlier album may safely be forgotten, or at least thought of as a painful growing lesson. Here Comes Everybody, which, like the Glasgow quartet's name, is derived from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, is a lost treasure of mid-'80s U.K. indie pop. Mono-named bandleader Caesar's Byrds-via-Bunnymen guitar is pushed more to the forefront than ever before, even as his breathy voice is pushed so far back into the mix that his melancholy lyrics are difficult to distinguish. Steven Allen's drums and Alex MacPherson's bass are equally low-key, finally allowing the band to once and for all escape the Joy Division-wannabe tag that had plagued them ever since their first single, "On Our Honeymoon." Dark-hued but not gloomy, the eight songs on Here Comes Everybody are musically varied enough to keep from sounding too samey. The wistful "Melancholy Man," with its gliding melody, artless vocals, and jangling guitars, sounds like a template for Sarah Records, the influential U.K. indie label the Wake would eventually sign with; the summery, melodica-driven "A World of Her Own" recalls early Prefab Sprout with its rare duet vocal by keyboardist Carolyn Allen. However, it's the closing title track that's a particular standout. A seven-minute epic with a hypnotic guitar riff and an air of quiet menace, "Here Comes Everybody" is a brooding meditation on lost love with a tightly wound, contents-under-pressure edge that threatens to explode but never quite does. It's a most impressive end to a surprisingly excellent album. ~ Stewart Mason
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