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Waiting for a Miracle

The Comsat Angels Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rpm
  • ASIN: B000006XQU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best album I ever heard 18 Mar 2005
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Thumping slow bass with stark angular guitar (with just about the only guitar solo I ever heard using harmonics) and quirky keyboards. Lyrics to cry for... and I often have. "Don't want to be your baby, don't want to have to crawl for you" & "sometimes I feel like a monkey pilot, sometimes I feel out of control".
Around 1979, when everyone else in Coventry had only ears for 2 Tone, I saw the Comsats and was converted. This is their first album and in my opinion it has never been bettered. It still makes me tingle to hear a single song. If you like alternative music from this time (Magazine, Television, early Cure...) or even modern equivalents (Bloc Party) you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't own this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disaffection expressed geometrically 9 Jan 2003
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A debut album with a dark vision of life in a northern town, but strangely uplifting, and still powerful after all these years.
Precise, meticulous percussion work from Mik Glaisher providing the geometric structures for these fractured songs of raw emotional disaffection with life: the failure to communicate, but communicated so well by Steve Fellows' weary baritone voice on songs like "Total war", the title track itself and the chillingly bleak end piece "Postcard". Bassist Kevin Bacon underpins all this with keyboard man Andy Peake to give this music a unique texture that goes beyond punk and into a darker, dare I say, drum and bass territory. ..hear how this works so well in "On the beach"; hear also the classic lyrical conundrum expressed in "Independence day", a song that should have been a much bigger chart hit at the time. A debut to be proud of and one on which they built well in succeeding albums. Fractured geometry in sound expressive of timeless issues. This band grasped the thorns to possess the rose. Don't forget them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars off-balance and better for it 2 Jan 2002
By "mr_fishscales" - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only the beginning 9 May 2005
By sleep no more - Published on Amazon.com
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Upon it's release, New Musical Express named it "The Greatest Debut album ever" and once you give it a listen you'll find it difficult to disagree. A breath of fresh air indeed! The Comsats managed to keep their music simple, melodic and captivating and the lack of studio gimmick's left a very organic sound. The greatest novelty of this album is Stephan Fellows voice....he comes off more like he's talking to you then actually singing and it's very effective considering the subject matter. Waiting for a Miracle and the band's second album "Sleep No More" have been two of my all time favorite albums since the early eighties (with SNM being my all-time favorite hands down) - If you're into Joy Division, The Chameleons, the early Cure albums, Bauhaus, Siouxsie, Sisters of Mercy etc....treat yourself.....the Comsats, with stronger label support (they never had a U.S. release of their first three albums but still were popular enough on college campus's to tour with Gang Of Four in the states - both at the height of their careers) could have easily been recognized as one of the greatest bands of all time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 July 2014
By Craig Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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just had to have it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some unknown classics here 4 Oct 2004
By Nero - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Postcard" and the title track are a bit slow, but overall this is some prime, vintage post-punk. The four-star rating is a comparative one, by the way. I'm basing it on the band's discography, not on an objective 5 point system (i.e., I'm grading on a curve). The angular, jagged art-punk sound of the record is very 1979 (it was recorded in '79 but wasn't released until '80)- think Wire, early Talking Heads, Entertainment-era Gang of Four. Each of those bands were very unique of course, but the next two Comsats albums established a more distinctly Comsats type of sound, a sound that was never quite heard anywhere else (or ever has been).
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