A wistful little pop song with jangling guitars, a simple organ line, and artless male/female harmonies, "Major John" is pretty much the archetypal Sarah Records single. But unlike most of the Bristol, England-based bedroom indie bands, the Wake weren't anorak-wearing teenagers with bowl haircuts in the studio for the first time; counting singles and albums, this was the 11th release in the ten years the Glasgow-born trio had been together. The flip, "Lousy Pop Group," is one of the more amusing items in that extensive catalog; a screed against the elder statesman generation of British pop that wisely doesn't expend too much energy on the topic; even when guitarist Caesar sings "I hate Eric Clapton/I hate Elton John/I hate that guy in Dire Straits/and the list goes on," his voice barely rises above a bored mumble, as if the adult contemporary market isn't worth getting too riled up about. As they do on both of the Wake's Sarah albums, Matthew Drummond and James Moody of labelmates the Orchids help out on lead guitar and bass.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason