This album includes what is possibly the Comsat Angels best single song: "Independence Day". The refrain "I can't relax/because I haven't done a thing/And I can't do a thing/Because I can't relax" sums up the conundrum of emotional paralysis rather nicely, while the song holds out the promise that the cycle will be broken on 'independence day'. It is, at least, there most compelling and powerful song and it was all over the radio in Boston in the early 80s. Another stand-out song is "Monkey Pilot", which describes the feeling of being used with a bit of hyperbole that is both amusing and a little scary. "Total War" describes a relationship that has gone really, really bad.
This band often used very unorthodox arrangements, song structures and combinations of sounds, which gave their music a rather disjointed, off kilter sound sometimes. On some of the songs it seems like the music is constantly poised to take off somewhere and yet it doesn't. This is their way of avoiding cliché, I guess, and it usually works, but may take getting used to. The songs on "Waiting For a Miracle" have a more strained, pent-up feel to them than those of "Sleep No More" (the other CS Angels LP that I have). The latter album is more melancholy and the sounds have more low-end to them sonically.