Wasting Away And Wondering

by THE SCHOOL

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steveinsocal "...The most complete and unashamed pop album to emerge this year... "He's gonna break your heart one day" is a beautifully dark number and a homage to those teen tragedies of the early-sixties (if The Shangri-Las' "Leader of the pack" was performed on Mogadon with heavy, industrial reverbed guitar...) The end result is a thoroughly modern twist on a familiar genre and utterly brilliant..."

reclaimingthecolonies-onestateatatime.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-school.html Favorite track: He's Gonna Break Your Heart One Day.
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We have finally gotten our hands on it; THE SCHOOL are back with a huge album, where their maturity and freshness combine to create an unusual formula that, based on soul, pop, and rhythm 'n blues, goes above and beyond the limits of brilliance and optimism, despite the sad title. Along with their traditional- eight musician line-up, led by Liz’s omnipresent voice, there are three more musicians with them, helping to create an album with lush instrumentation, and stunning completeness. This third album is anxiously awaited by so many of the fans the group has gathered (earned) all around the world with the success they achieved with their previous albums and their fantastic concerts.

“Every Day” is a trademark song in every way. Sixties-inspired folk-pop with precious arrangements, delicious choruses, and delicate but brilliant melodies. The first rays of sunshine are shining through. “Love Is Anywhere You Find It” picks it up a notch. It has a Motown base, a solid rhythm, a bridge that is a chorus in and of itself, and it reaches new levels, along with close cousins like “Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Keeping Nothing” by Mayer Hawthorne and “You Can't Hurry Love” by THE SUPREMES. From “All I Want From You Is Everything”, we were already talking about the advance single for this album: outbursts of ye-ye and a band that is perfectly geared up to make a wall of melody, a solid and simultaneously gently exciting framework “Til You Belong To Me” has fascinating brass instruments. Optimistic, lively, with echoes of Wilson Pickett’s rhythm ‘n blues. “Don't Worry Baby (I Don't Love You Any More)” stands with THE SHIRELLES’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” as one of the songs that excites us the most, and also leaves us in the greatest despair, using Phil Spector’s legacy. Melancholy and sadness run high. “My Heart's Beating Overtime” is a small piece of dreamy folk pop, a brief message traced by hand and hidden in a handful of incredible songs.

“Wasting Away And Wondering” gets back to rhythm ‘n blues in the best way, with the push and the strength of THE COMMITMENTS, the blues of Rufus Thomas, and an ever-present revitalizing pop spirit. “Do I Love You?” keeps the voltage high with an exceptional example of northern soul that will definitely play thousands of times this year in the best pop clubs all over the world, and that we will definitely dance to until we’ve had our fill. “He's Gonna Break Your Heart One Day” takes us to the best tradition of french pop, from Jacques Demy’s musical “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” to singers like France Gall and Françoise Hardy, with a bridge that Ennio Morriccone could perfectly have set to music.

This is solid proof of how the Welsh group’s discourse has diversified, reaching magisterial levels in all cases. Northern soul reappears with “Put Your Hand In Mine”, with a huge starring role for the string instruments, that give a lyrical tone to a song with an incredibly, highly hummable, really energetic chorus. “I Will See You Soon” was one of the songs that we already heard on the advance a few weeks ago. Straight-forward pop, solid, with small loving nods to ye-ye that play perfectly with the minor chords (another of features that could be said about the rest of the album).

And the album closes with “My Arms, They Feel Like Nothing”. This song deserves a special mention. With its choral scheme, its solid soul, it works like the ideal closure for such a perfect album. Once again, the solid rhythm that comes from Rob Jones (SLOW CLUB’s live bassist and also the producer of this new album by THE SCHOOL, and of SWEET BABOO’s album “Ships”) pushes the song until the wind instruments reach their apex, coming to an end that is like the tail of a sardine: there is no other choice but to listen to the album all over again from the very beginning.

THE SCHOOL has already given us more than enough reasons to include them among the best pop groups of the international panorama, but this marvellous “Wasting Away And Wondering” confirms it definitively. Either way, don’t miss out on the fun!

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released September 4, 2015

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Track Name: Every Day
You always leave me here just wondering
How I'd ever be without you
And I'm so lucky just to know you
But I'll never let it show

And I don't care if you sometimes feel down
Just as long as you say you'll be round
Every day that it wasted with you
Is a day never wasted at all

So you wanna move to Amsterdam
You never liked it there before
You found someone to make you look good
Well I'm happy for you now
Track Name: Love Is Anywhere You Find It
Love is anywhere you find it
And I've found it with you
Love is all around you every day
And I'm happy just to say that I've found you

Love is anywhere you want it
And I want it with you
Love is all around us every day
But be careful that you always stay true

People often tell me to push our love aside
But they're all running round with expectations oh-so high
They don't understand you've gotta
Treat the one you love oh-so good

Love is anywhere you give it
And I give it to you
Love is all around you every day
And I'm happy just to say that I've found you
Love is all around us every day
And I'm happy just to say that I've found you
Track Name: All I Want From You Is Everything
I won't blame you if you say you have to leave
But darling I want you to stay
I won't blame you if you say you've gotta go
But I'll always want you around

Cos all I want from you is everything
That's all I'm asking for
All I want from you is everything
You know I need you so

I won't beg you if you're walking out the door
But darling I want you to stay
I won't beg you if you're never coming home
But I'll always want you around
Track Name: Til You Belong To Me
Gonna see how love can be
With you I've got to try it
Shouldn't give my heart away
But I can't help it

I've waited oh-so long
Now I'm the lucky one
And I won't waste another day
I can't wait til you belong to me

Didn't think I'd find it here
With you there's no denying
Didn't think I'd trust again
But now I'm trying
Track Name: Don't Worry Baby (I Don't Love You Any More)
Don't worry baby, I don't love you any more
No don't worry baby, I don't love you any more
And this time I know, I'll be much better off without you around
So don't worry baby, I don't love you any more

Don't worry baby, I don't need you any more
No kisses from me, cos I don't need you any more
And this time I'll go, holding my head up to the blue skies above
So don't worry baby, I don't need you any more

And every night, I'll close my eyes with a smile upon my face
So don't worry baby, I don't love you any more
Track Name: My Heart's Beating Overtime
And my heart's beating overtime
Whenever you walk by
And I can't control the way
That I'm feeling inside
Track Name: Wasting Away And Wondering
Baby won't you tell me is there something on your mind?
Cos I've been waiting here now for a long time
If there's something wrong then you have got to let me know
Or if you really love me let it show

Cos you've been playing games and they've been going on too long
All my friends keep telling me to move on
If there's something wrong then you have got to let me know
Or if you really love me let it show

Don't you ever leave me here
Wasting away and wondering what I'd be if you'd just set me free
How can you ever leave me here
Wasting away and wondering what I'd do for a boy like you
Well I can't do it any more
Track Name: Do I Love You?
First time I saw you with that smile upon your face
I knew I would have to make you mine
No hesitating now that time ain't on our side
Love, it is too precious for us to hide

And do I love you? Do I love you?
Oh yes I do boy, yes I do
Do I love you? Do I love you?
Oh yes I do boy, yes I do

Next time I saw you with that smile upon your face
I knew I was glad to make you mine boy
No hesitating now that time ain't on our side
Love, it is too precious for us to hide

You're the sweetest thing that ever I did see
You can make the day as bright as it can be
You're the best thing that ever happened to me
And I'm gonna show you baby, nothing's gonna be the same
Track Name: He's Gonna Break Your Heart One Day
Last night my friend, she came to me
How could I tell
That he used to be so special to me
But he was untrue

Don't hold his hand, don't kiss goodnight
He's gonna break your heart one day
Don't walk him home, and don't squeeze him tight
He's gonna break your heart one day
Track Name: Put Your Hand In Mine
I can see in your eyes you've been hurt before
But that ain't gonna happen any more
Believe me it's true, and all that I ask of you

Put your hand in mine to make this real love
Put your hand in mine to make this beautiful

So you say that she will only break your heart
Don't you think it's time you made a brand new start?
Believe me it's true, and all that I ask of you

Put your hand in mine to make this real love
Put your hand in mine to make this beautiful

Put your hand in mine to make this anything
Put your hand in mine to make this beautiful
Track Name: I Will See You Soon
I really don't wanna go now, but I'll see you soon
No I really don't wanna go now, but I'll see you soon
There ain't no doubt about it
So if you're lonely and needing a friend
Let's pretend this sea's a river, and I will see you soon

I really don't wanna say it, it's only goodbye
But I really don't wanna hear it, there's tears in my eyes
And I cannot remember
Oh if I ever had feelings this way
So get over here already, and I will see you soon
Track Name: My Arms, They Feel Like Nothing
Oh my arms, they feel like nothing
When they're without you
And nothing seems to feel the way you do

Yeah my arms, they feel like nothing
When they're without you
And nothing seems to feel the way you do

When you're oh-so far away I just can't see
How someone as good as you would be with me