This is a crazy, passionate, and scintillating piece of work, filled with 19 guitar-bashing, drum-rushing, and hell-raising gems. With influences such as the B-52's, the Dead Kennedys, and Devo, the Lost Sounds really know how to create a song teaming with flavor, a song that the crowd can feed off of, and in turn send the energy back. An album full of life and electricity, Black Wave pushes the alternative rock/emo envelop with charging keyboard synths and screaming lyrical expression, squeezing every ounce of energy out of the lead singer as possible. Guitarist/singer Alicja Trout puts a texture of surf and angst into her playing, as the Lost Sounds send their music into a higher sonic stratosphere while maintaining their garage band appeal. Black Wave leaves an immediate sense of connection with the listener and the Lost Sounds' growing fan base, even with the band's garage feel. Going high voltage, the Lost Sounds fill the room with a power-packed punch of musical charge, with highlights like "I'm Not a Machine," "Plastic Skin," and "Lost and Found." This is a perfect spin for the carefree listener on a carefree day racing down an empty highway.
AllMusic Review by Shawn M. Haney