Picks and Pans Review: Waves

updated 05/12/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/12/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Katrina and the Waves

Dabbling with a number of pop-music styles, this Anglo-American quartet brings a light and likeable touch to its tunes, even ones as far afield as the saucy skiffle of Sun Street. The best moments on the album come when the band convincingly nails down a tough R & B mood on Is That it? That song, about the recrimination-filled breakup of a relationship, has lyrics indicative of the group's simple but amusing writing: "Que sera, sera/ Here's some keys to your car." While the voice of Katrina Leskanich, who is one of two Americans in the ensemble, is in no way spectacular, it is spirited and penetrating. The backing provided by the Waves, particularly the guitar playing of Kimberley Rew, is sturdier on this record than it was on their first LP. Nothing fancy here, just real-life, unsynthesized instruments and straightforward arrangements, yet the music of Katrina and the Waves is curiously refreshing. (Capitol)

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