The album starts off with Sleep Tight, a groovy altrocker with a sound that has slight hints to the eighties underground rock & new wave movement. They pack all this together in a way that is both original and alternative. Sleep Tight is a good opener but the band will show their best later.
Lead single Fantastic Journey of the Underground Man is one of the best, or perhaps The Best, track on the album. With a groovy, industrial-like sound, De Staat manages to remain quite catchy throughout the song. No wonder the Dutch media jumped on this song like flies on syrup.
On I Am Here To Lose Control, De Staat rocks a little harder, with an underground industrial approach that reminds me of a modern incarnation of David Bowie going industrial. It has the experimental intake that Bowie kinda made his own a few decades ago. But the sound of the song is current. It’s weird, but while it’s not an obvious radio single choice, there’s a certain feeling of familiarity to the song that makes me wonder what it would do as a single.
The uptempo title track is up next. Wait for Evolution would make an interesting follow-up single. There is not really a good way to describe this song, apart forom diverse or versatile, which is typical for this band. Influences range from all corners of the musical specrum, be it hard rock, dance or urban. But no matter where it comes from, with a beat like this, De Staat makes it rock like nothing else.
Habibi isn’t really working for me. It shows promise but never really leads towards where you hope it’s gonna go. It’s a solid song, sure, but it’s not as fresh and exciting as what we’ve heard before. With We’re Gonna Die however, De Staat picks up where they left off. With a surprisingly rootsy, bluesy intro, they start this song that has a bit of an eighties vibe in it. The rootsy, bluesy feeling keeps coming back, and the interesting contrast really works.
De Staat gets back on the uptempo trail when they continue with My Blind Baby which is the most rock & roll track of the album and also one of the best. An energetic delivery and powerful arrangement provide the basis for a strong song and possible radio release. The hand-clapping in the song makes it even catchier than it already is.
It only gets harder to describe De Staat’s music, as they once again shine on Kill The Man. Their alternative music is very much the opposite of mainstream but in a way it’s very catchy and draws you in before you notice it. Kill The Man is another song that just convinces you but it’s hard to put your finger on what exactly it is that makes you love it so much. Nevertheless it’s an album highlight for sure.
The groovier, more industrial Meet The Devil is perhaps the only track on Wait for Evolution that doesn’t convince me. I miss the excitement, though I did hear it live. So the potential is in the song, but on the album it misses that final step to get it all out.
With You’ll Be The Leader we have another definite radio song on our hands. The recognizable beat and infectious vocals drive forward an exceptional alternative rock song. And while it’s already amazing on record, this song gets such a burst of energy and passion when played live on stage, that it is, without a doubt, the album’s crown jewel.
The final two tracks Taste It and Love It are finishing off this impressive debut. Taste It is somewhat like the way up, building towards something and while it leaves you with some musical questions, so to speak, you can just feel that it leads somewhere. And as it flawlessly continues into Love It it can only be a matter of time before your musical curiosity gets the answers it wants. At least, that’s what you’d expect. But the ethereal album closer leaves you wondering, long after it ends. It makes this album like a book or a movie with an open end. And you cannot wait for the sequal.