Balls

  • Record Label: Oglio
  • Release Date: Aug 22, 2000
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. GunnarJ
    Mar 25, 2005
    9
    This album is a proof that Sparks still are the best band in the world. My fovourites are "The Calm.." and "Knock off" and "Sexmachine". This album was a step up the ladder leading to "Lil´ Bethoven
  2. tt
    Jan 1, 2002
    8
    sounds better and holds together well after repeated listenings.probably must musical of all sparks albums.
  3. Carol
    Oct 27, 2004
    10
    Absolutely brilliant. Ron and Russell have not lost their touch!
  4. Adam
    Nov 13, 2003
    10
    Fantastic. The legands are still producing great music.
  5. Nov 5, 2011
    10
    Sorry(negative)critics-this is a great inspired synthesizery,funky,quirky,bouncy Poppy album.With that Extra Ingredient-Mael Genius.A more-inspired,more-fun development of Interior Design and Gratuitous Sax... OK,you guessed it, I Am a Sparks fanatic,but this is much more listenable than much of their recent stuff,that of the last decade,which is a bit tiresome.
    How to Get Your Ass
    Sorry(negative)critics-this is a great inspired synthesizery,funky,quirky,bouncy Poppy album.With that Extra Ingredient-Mael Genius.A more-inspired,more-fun development of Interior Design and Gratuitous Sax... OK,you guessed it, I Am a Sparks fanatic,but this is much more listenable than much of their recent stuff,that of the last decade,which is a bit tiresome.
    How to Get Your Ass Kicked,merits credit for its title alone.And Irreplaceable is irrepeatable.So,forget the dreary Pet-Shop Bores."Balls" Out -Pops 99% of all Known Pop Brands!
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Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. At once epic, playful and a little bit strange, the duo's latest effort perpetuates the brothers' patented geek-chic, though things come across as more introspective and ambient this time around.... Alternately excellent, kitschy and lackluster...
  2. Sadly, as 'Balls' proves, age has inexplicably withered Sparks' bow-legged muse; where once was genre-bending acid eclecticism and inspired wit, Sparks now seem content to dole out tired, tinny electro-pop and unfunny puns.
  3. The Maels continue flexing their musical might. Tracks like "More Than A Sex Machine," "The Calm Before The Storm," and the eye-winking title track are just waiting to be embraced by dancefloors worldwide.