Picks and Pans Review: No Brakes

updated 09/03/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/03/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

John Waite

Waite was a member of the British teen dream group the Babys, but he is all grown up now as he proves on No Brakes, an accessible and powerful album. Backed by an ensemble that includes Gary Myrick on guitar and Bruce Brody on keyboards, Waite has turned out an invigorating set of tunes. Saturday Night and For Your Love, for example, are hard rockers full of sound and fury, but they also signify something. While it may be damning him with faint praise to say so, Waite's lyrics are more poetic than most rockers'. On Dark Side of the Sun, for example, he writes "Feeling restless and jaded/My heartbeat paralyzed/Like some refugee hero to be denounced and denied/In some rock 'n' roll wasteland." His voice is displayed to best advantage on softer tunes such as Restless Heart and Missing You. The latter is the breakout single from this album, and with good reason. It is a melodically captivating song along the lines of the Police's Every Breath You Take. This is one LP title that really suits the material; the album moves along at a zippy pace, with no stop-and-go driving en route. (EMI America)

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