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3.13 | 19 ratings | 5 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hard Act to Follow (3:17)
2. One Step Ahead (2:52)
3. I Don't Wanna Dance (3:31)
4. Iris (2:50)
5. Wail (2:49)
6. Clumsy (3:29)
7. History Never Repeats (3:00)
8. Walking Through the Ruins (4:15)
9. Ships (3:01)
10. Ghost Girl (4:26)
11. Albert of India (4:03)

Total Time 37:33

Bonus track on 2006 remastered edition:
12. In the Wars (3:33)

Line-up / Musicians

- Tim Finn / vocals
- Edward Raynor / keyboards, vocals
- Neil Finn / guitar, vocals
- Nigel Griggs / bass
- Malcom Green / drums
- Noel Crombie / percussion

Releases information

Produced and Engineered by David Tickle
2006 Remastered by Eddie Raynor and Adrien Stuckey
This Remaster only goes by the name Corroboree
The bonus track In the Wars on te remaster was also released as the B-side of the single "(One Step Ahead"

Thanks to cheesecakemouse for the addition
and to projeKct for the last updates
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SPLIT ENZ Waiata / Corroboree ratings distribution

(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (42%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

SPLIT ENZ Waiata / Corroboree reviews

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Review by Gooner
4 stars Certainly a better album than its predecessor True Colours. Hints of the sophomore '80s effort Time & Tide. Great sounding production. This would also appeal to fans of XTC for it's quirkiness, as well as 10cc for production values. Definitely headphone pop.prog and an album to put on during sunny days. Nothing gloomy here, except maybe...Ghost Girl.
Review by russellk
2 stars The opening song says it all. 'Hard Act to Follow' is ostensibly a boy-girl song, but one reflection it could be seen as referring to the difficulty of following SPLIT ENZ's break-thought 1980 album, 'True Colours.'

The band was, in my opinion, only marginally successful. The new-wave pop is repeated here, no longer new ground for the band, more of a formula, and it feels like it. The production is lush, befitting a major act, but the pots of money thrown at the songs don't disguise their compositional thinness. Most of the ENZ's quirkiness is smoothed away by the lavish arrangements, and the same-ness of the sound rob the tracks of their personalities. Gone are shark attacks and radio romances with aliens: this is all about dancing and kissing and laments for unrequited love. NEIL FINN writes the best tracks, precursors to the dreamy pop of CROWDED HOUSE, but TIM delivers the better vocal performances, albeit on sub-standard material. EDDIE RAYNER slots in a splendid, energetic instrumental ('Wail'), proving his talents were severely under-utilised by the band. But apart from this highlight and the single 'History Never Repeats' (sounding so much like a HOLLIES song), the album is largely devoid of interest.

Pop is just like every other form of music: it needs to be good to hold the listener's interest. This isn't, and it doesn't.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Waiata (Corroboree in Australia) is usually seen as an acceptable, yet somewhat less original, safe follow-up to Split Enz's breakthrough album, True Colours, released a year earlier. Indeed, this is perhaps Split Enz's only lateral move, essentially maintaining the sharp, new wave-like sound of Tr ... (read more)

Report this review (#699065) | Posted by filster8 | Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Originally called Corrobree in Australia and Waiata in the rest of the world, this is like a sister album to True Colours , there are elements of prog in here especially Eddies input, such as the new wave influenced prog instrumental and the song Albert of India which adds eclecticism to this albu ... (read more)

Report this review (#140814) | Posted by Cheesecakemouse | Friday, September 28, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Waiata was my introduction to Split Enz. It's pop, not progressive, but as far as pop goes, its pretty good - especially considering the competition at the time. The songs of course sound a bit dated now, but other pop tunes from the early 80s seem worse somehow. If you appreciate acts like E ... (read more)

Report this review (#137879) | Posted by Foxtrot | Wednesday, September 12, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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