New Wave

Heather Phares
All Music Guide

The debut from the Auteurs hearkens back to the golden years of British pop. The auteur of the Auteurs, Luke Haines, is as acerbic and insightful about modern British life as Ray Davies, singing about marrying showgirls and the upper classes. Songs like "Junk Shop Clothes" and "Bailed Out" have a Merseybeat quality, while "Early Years" points the way to the group's angrier, harder sound. More than just pastiche artists, New Wave presents the Auteurs as a group with both wit and heart.