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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: MERCURY
  • ASIN: B000001ECP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,144,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I really do think those who are awarding this album one or two stars are slightly missing the point of Wah Wah. As far as I'm aware this album was never intended to be fully formed or a flawlessly produced masterpiece. It is essentially a collection of out-takes and improvisation designed to give the listener an insight into the creative process the band go through to deliver their more polished efforts such as Seven or Laid. The liner notes written by Tim Booth explain how the project was first put together and essentially why they decided to release it.

There are only a few tracks here that could be considered "finished" i.e. have a proper flow, structure and lyrics. These would be Jam J, Rhythmic Dreaming, Gospel Oak, Honest Joe and Tomorrow. The latter was destined to be re-recorded by the band (and Stephen Hague) for 1997's Whiplash where it clearly stands out as a career high both commercially and in terms of "that's simply a great pop song". Here, the track is already fully formed a full four years before Whiplash but sports a much more rough and ready sound which characterizes most of Wah Wah right down to the minimalistic cardboard digi-pak.

Rhythmic Dreams is a blissfully chilled out jam with Booth free-forming lyrics over Gott's distant guitar work; a mellow stand out. Honest Joe and Jam J have a much more distorted and heavy sound; they both feature unpolished and rawer instrumentation and we can hear the band taking some risks with their sound. James would never sound quite so far removed from the jangly guitar and trumpets sound of their traditional sound again; excellent stuff.

I like this album a lot but know it's probably considered a niche or leftfield pleasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure and Simple 5 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is quite simply the best music this band have ever recorded, period! Anyone who says this is "unlistenable", et al, is not listening. This CD should have been the first thing they remastered, but instead it looks like they chickened out. Buy it whilst you can, and also hunt down the CD singles featuring the long version of Jam J, and the single from Laid which contains "Wah Wah Kits". Experimentation at its most LISTENABLE! Over and out.....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kid A before Radiohead came up with the idea. 24 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
I remember first listening to this album and thinking "oh my god.... What have done". Thinking i'd wasted valuable student drinking money on an album of half-baked musical doodles. Stupid me I hadn't read the linear notes, which certainly cast new light upon it. After really 'listening' to the album in full I started to get what was going on. Delicate, immediate, going with the flow all sprang to mind. It's James at their most naked, creative-wise. Only the genius of Eno could have brought this out of a band riding on the wave at their most creative point. Like Kid A and many an Eno album it's best listened to through headphones in a dark room, close your eyes and just imagine being sat on a bean bag in a subdued studio whilst one of indie's founding fathers play an intimate set for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare gems 6 Aug 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This CD is a collection of studio cuts from when James started working with Brian Eno, which led them into more mainstream success than had been previously granted with albums such as "Gold Mother".
With a minimum of mixing, editing or production, the CD constists of several sessions worth of work. Not a conventional album by any means, but a broad brush of James' styles.
Raw edges aplenty, but listen to it and it'll grow on you massively
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Wah-wah-wah!" - not "Blah-blah-blah" 14 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Plenty of Eno spookiness - combined with Tim Booth anthemics. Check out the progress of the making of this album in Eno's Diaries.
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