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SPARKS Hello Young Lovers Gut GUTCD53 (2006)

Sparks

The Mael brothers are back, and on their usual high form. Progressing nicely from their recent releases, this is a far cry from their Ďhey day hitsí such as 'Beat The Clock', but itís still Sparks and still equally enjoyable.

Opener 'Dick Around' is as offbeat as anything in recent years, and the chorus features of Oompah Loompas, until the crunching guitars come in.

While there is a full band on show, the sound is still about the duo. Piano to the fore and eccentric vocals; 'Perfume' is as good as anything Sparks have ever done. Catchy too.

Many of the ideas are simple and each explored in each of the 10 songs here. Itís a formula Sparks have used for over 30 years and itís what makes them so endearing.

Most of these tracks would fit the usual Sparks stage show (as last yearís DVD shows), because with Sparks you do get a show, not just a live concert.

Not their best ever set, but typically top notch Sparks.

****

Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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