- Released: February 6, 2007
- Label: Mushroom Records
- 1.Hard Act To Follow
- 2.History Never Repeats
- 3.I Don't Wanna Dance
- 4.One Step Ahead
- 5.Walking Through The Ruins
- 9.Ghost Girl
- 11.Albert Of India
- 12.In The Wars
Personnel: Neil Finn (vocals, guitar); Edward Rayner (vocals, keyboards); Tim Finn (vocals); Malcolm Green (drums); Noel Crombie (percussion).
Audio Remasterers: Adrian Stuckey; Edward Rayner.
Audio Remixers: Adrian Stuckey; Edward Rayner.
Recording information: AAV Studios, Melbourne, Australia (1981).
Because of the hurried schedule of newfound international success, the follow-up to True Colours suffered. Waiata follows much of the same formula of its predecessor, though in a slightly darker form that often lacks the punch that made True Colours great. Despite a couple of classic singles -- "One Step Ahead" and "History Never Repeats" -- and a handful of other inspired tracks, the album marks the band's first lateral move. "Waiata" is the Maori word for "party" (the album was given the aboriginal party title, Corroboree, in Australia). Following in the trend of True Colours, A&M issued three different colored covers for the worldwide release. ~ Chris Woodstra