"WAVES." Katrina & the Waves. Capitol.
Tired of female vocalists oohing and cooing or sniveling and snarling? Had it with songs that are cliched parades of one-dimensional sex kitten purrs or bitter men-are-beasts blasts?
Well, Katrina Leskanich and her Waves give female rock honor a shot in the arm with a batch of tunes presenting women as smart, loving, feisty, fun and able to hold their own come what may. A comparison between Katrina and Chrissie Hynde is hard to avoid, because of the awesome power and versatility of their voices and their ability to convey toughness and tenderness.
The group has grown beyond the easy, breezy tone of its first LP. One big change is in the songwriting credits: Guitarist Kimberly Rew, who wrote all the songs on the debut, contributes only two, as opposed to five by Leskanich and three by bassist Vince de la Cruz.