Picture Morrissey fronting Tears for Fears during each artist's mid-'80s peak, and there's a fair chance it would have sounded something like the 2008 self-titled release by Waves on Waves. That said, don't expect an abundance of uptempo ditties here, as there's certainly a restrained and/or melancholy feel that runs through the entire album. Singer Thornton certainly has studied his '80s alt pop heroes, as evidenced by such standouts as the album opening "Your Operator" (which begins with an intro that brings to mind the beginning of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax"), as well as "We Want 2" and "U Moved Me In2 the Future" (if you haven't noticed already, the group has an obsession with working "2" into their song titles). All in all, the tracks on Waves on Waves' debut would have sounded just as good coming out of the radio in 1985 as they do around the time of the album's actual release.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato