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  • Summary: The indie-pop duo releases its twenty-first album.
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  1. Exotic is witty, literate, and charming.
  2. Sparks' last two albums built songs around keyboards and vocals in minimalist 8- and 16-bar loops; Exotic Creatures Of The Deep features verses and choruses and only repeats each line once, which counts as relatively accessible.
  3. There is no ideal on-ramp for the Sparks canon, but Exotic Creatures of the Deep once again re-energizes this weird little alternate universe.
  4. Now, with Exotic Creatures, an ideal balance has been reached between classical elements, rock, and the band’s third pillar from the past--electronic music. [Winter 2009]
  5. Compared to "Hello Young Lovers," Exotic Creatures does sound a little starker at points, but it's often also subtler and slyer, tempering bombast in favor of sprightly but also uneasy melodies on songs like 'The Director Never Yelled "Cut'"
  6. And that's what makes Exotic Creatures Of The Deep such an interesting and deceptively ambitious record. Not only is Russell Mael still capable of using camp innuendo to mock himself, as on album closer 'Likeable', but he's also not afraid to put those who owe him and his brother a debt of gratitude - however small - in the public spotlight.
  7. Virtually every song enunciates its central joke, then repeats it and repeats it and repeats it. And repeats it. And repeats it. And so on, with the repeating. (And repeating.)

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  1. PaulS
    Jan 8, 2009
    A Sparks classic. The Mael brothers improve with age. Witty, literate, tuneful and thought-provoking.
  2. MaryJ.
    Jan 17, 2009
    Fantastic 21st album from the most overlooked, underrated band. Unique and entertaining -- I never tire of listening to it. See Sparks perform it live on Feb. 14 in L.A. Expand
  3. MonteM.
    Jan 18, 2009
    They've done it again. On par with everything they've ever done, including their classical mid-seventies British period. Do not miss this album. Expand