No Warning

Dave Wakeling

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No Warning Review

by Erik Hage

Dave Wakeling's solo album No Warning, recorded after the dissolution of General Public, followed that group's pop sensibilities rather than the purer ska direction of Wakeling's first group, the celebrated English Beat. These are his first solo recordings after he and longtime cohort Ranking Roger collapsed under the pressure of trying to keep a group together and pursued their own musical directions. Included on this collection is "She's Having a Baby," which Wakeling wrote and recorded for the John Hughes film of the same name. Wakeling's trademark, likable baritone is showcased here, as is his sweet lyrical ingenuity, but this album certainly doesn't hold up to the standard Wakeling set with either of his previous groups. Shortly after this ill-received effort, the British native would drop out of sight for a long period, living in California and pursuing his environmental interests.

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