“Waiata” by Split Enz - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1981Album Chart of the Decade: 1980s

TJR says

“Waiata” is the Māori term for song and singing and the fifth album from the 9-year-old Auckland group followed “True Colours” to the top of the charts in home territories, housing a couple of Top 10 singles in “One Step Ahead” and “History Never Repeats”. The sextet line-up: Tim Finn (vocals), Neil Finn (vocals, guitar), Nigel Griggs (bass), Edward Rayner (vocals, keyboards), Noel Crombie (percussion) and Malcolm Green (drums). Whilst their intelligent brand of art-pop is often a little too middle-of-the-road for my tastes, side one boasts a few decent cuts in the upbeat “Hard Act To Follow” (ha - could they be tongue-in-cheek re “I Got You”?), keyboardist Rayner's muscular instrumental “Wail” and the hooky pop of “Clumsy” featuring some Steve-Nieve-like licks from yer man Rayner. Not bad.

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A1 [03:17] 6.1.png Split Enz - Hard Act To Follow (Tim Finn) New Wave
A2 [02:52] 5.0.png Split Enz - One Step Ahead (Neil Finn) Pop
A3 [03:34] 4.1.png Split Enz - I Don’t Wanna Dance (Tim Finn) Pop
A4 [02:50] 4.2.png Split Enz - Iris (Neil Finn) Pop
A5 [02:49] 6.8.png Split Enz - Wail (Eddie Rayner) New Wave
A6 [03:29] 6.4.png Split Enz - Clumsy (Tim Finn) Pop
B1 [03:00] 5.8.png Split Enz - History Never Repeats (Neil Finn) New Wave
B2 [04:15] 5.3.png Split Enz - Walking Through The Ruins (Tim Finn) New Wave
B3 [03:01] 4.3.png Split Enz - Ships (Neil Finn) Cerebral Pop
B4 [04:26] 3.4.png Split Enz - Ghost Girl (Tim Finn) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B5 [04:03] 4.0.png Split Enz - Albert Of India (Eddie Rayner) Cerebral Pop

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