...but well worth the wait. Get one while you can!
When we look back at punk/new wave, we should remember the humour, energy and creativity of it all. They might well have said 'we really mean it, man' but the best bands never took themselves (or anyone else) too seriously.
Howard Devoto has always been the one to seek out for those who love new wave and language. His words have deftness, wit and insight. Through many of the reviews of his songs you'll see a thread - people trying to make the lyrics read as well as they sound - it's not possible. They are wrapped too tightly in the music.
Lyrically, the songs are packed with surprises. He knows exactly which statements need a special timing and delivery, so the line is presented perfect and complete, quietly triumphant - sometimes like the punchline of a gag. He knows what he says rings true. Once you've got his timing and music fixed in your head, each phrase is transformed. As you continue to listen to the track, more and more of the phrases open out. The effect can be fascinating and I think all his true fans would make great claims for him as a modern lyrical poet.
Waiting For a Train, which rarely seem to get a mention, is pure genius - my idea of the perfect lovesong. It's possible that you have to spend many evenings waiting beside a railway track and many days spent getting into trouble with loved ones to fully appreciate it, but I hope not! The extra tracks are great value - in some cases, I prefer them to the originals.
Thanks Howard, and thanks to the record label, at long last.