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People OCTOBER 24, 1994 - by Staff Writers
JAMES: WAH WAH
This English sextet, on the verge of a U.S. breakthrough, has created their latest album from the outtakes of last year's hit, Laid. Funkier and less precise than its predecessor, Wah Wah probably won't do much for the band's Stateside image - it's too quirky and complex for a Top 40 nation stuck on bubblegum pop. Still, the new collection includes some of James's most exciting work. On songs such as Jam J, Frequency Dip and Honest Joe, James piles robotic vocals, cool synth riffs and an appealingly whimsical attitude onto the trademark experimentalism of their producer, Brian Eno (Roxy Music, David Bowie). And although there are several amorphous curiosities on this album (Burn The Cat and Say Say Something) that should definitely be stamped For Diehard James Fans Only, Wah Wah is ultimately satisfying because of the band's astute musicianship. All leftovers should be this tasty.