The album where the Boo Radleys realised their dreams of pop stardom...the Wake Up Boo! single went Top 10 and propelled this LP to number one...it all seems faintly unreal in retrospect.
The superficial cheeriness of Wake Up Boo! is not indicative of the rest of the LP; generally, the theme throughout is typically downbeat. The Boos always sounded best when they were simply wallowing in self-pity (try the brilliant Stuck On Amber for size) or, to coin a phrase, being experi-mental (e.g. the alarming change of tempo midway through Joel).
Unfortunately, Wake Up!'s highs are tempered by other less inspired moments - the attempts to replicate Wake Up Boo!'s blatantly radio-friendly sound on a number of other tracks, notably its follow-up singles Find The Answer Within and It's Lulu, are considerably less successful, while Charles Bukowski Is Dead is, frankly, a waste of time.
Overall, Wake Up! is both confused and confusing, unsure whether it wants to be one thing or another, and as such is probably the Boos' weakest.