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The Auteurs

  • New Wave [Caroline, 1993] A-
  • Now I'm a Cowboy [Vernon Yard, 1994] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

New Wave [Caroline, 1993]
Deeply cynical, deeply tuneful, lead everything Luke Haines reconceives the Pet Shop Boys as a guitar band, writing about what he knows--the bedsit-bohemian fringe. He housesits, he parks cars, he goes to the library, he disses astrology and thrift shops and his low-rent showbiz family. All that's missing is a temp job in word processing. He ain't heavy, he's your brother. A-

Now I'm a Cowboy [Vernon Yard, 1994]
only one auteur here, and his success has gone to his songs ("Chinese Bakery," "Lenny Valentino") *