Album Review: Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said The Last Time I Saw You... by Wakey!Wakey!
Average, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 50 Based on rating 5/10
The influences on Wakey!Wakey!’s first album are widespread, encompassing everything from U2 (whose ringing guitars are evoked by the lead-off track, “Almost Everything”) to Maroon 5 (the likely source of the pop-funk anchoring “The Oh Song”) to the band's true bread and butter: classic singer/songwriter pop. It’s a broad range of genres, held together by the album's quirky arrangements -- a tuba here, a female choir there -- and Michael Grubbs’ affable vocals. He’s a musical theater veteran, one who traveled with touring productions of Camelot and Brigadoon before shifting his focus to pop music, and his baritone sounds pleasant and surprisingly understated on record.
Sometimes you just have to hear an album because it has a great title. Wakey!Wakey!‘s album Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said the Last Time I Saw You… is one of those albums. That title has just the right amount of regret and pathos to be intriguing and utterly human; there is nobody on this earth who hasn’t had a list of things they should have said at one point.