The Waterboys were formed as a band by Mike Scott in the early eighties and immediately started forging a sound that would develop through two albums to become the leading edge of mid-eighties Celtic rock. "This is the Sea" is the culmination of this period of the band's development, a period that was cut short by Scott's move to Ireland and the subsequent change in direction.
"The Whole of the Moon" is probably the most successful song that the band has had to date, but on this album it is simply one of many dark forays into myths and legends. The powerful simplicity of "Spirit", the damning indictment of Thatcher's Britain in "Old England", the summing up of the Cold War in "Be my enemy" - it's all there. Coupled with love songs like "Trumpets" this is a powerful album and an album which makes you wonder where the band would have gone had fate had different things in store for them.
Thoroughly recommended! Buy it.