- Summary: The 23rd full-length studio release for the Los Angeles rock duo of Ron and Russell Mael is the first new material in eight years (not including 2015 collaborative album FFS).
- Record Label: BMG Rights Management
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock
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|I've got nothing, just a table and two chairs But they're beautiful, and I just stand and stare Time and space intertwined Elegance, simple...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Sep 7, 2017Like Randy Newman, the Mael brothers have a knack for voicing the hopes and regrets of diverse, sometimes unsympathetic characters; and the latitude afforded by their operatic arrangements allows them to add commentary in real time, like an instrumental Greek chorus.
Sep 12, 2017It may rank as one of their best outings yet, as its multifaceted compositional creativity, coupled with its consistently fetching melodies and words, makes it a thoroughly impressive and engaging listen. As always, Sparks shows its stylistic siblings how it’s truly done.
Q MagazineAug 29, 2017Ultimately, floating voters will lament the lack of a flat-out glam and/or electro-disco belter to rival their hits. [Oct 2017, p.111]
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Sep 13, 2017SPARKS has spanned a career over 40 years and they still find some exciting territories in Pop music..
SPARKS the only Pop definitive GroupSPARKS has spanned a career over 40 years and they still find some exciting territories in Pop music..
SPARKS the only Pop definitive Group .... go on Maels.… Expand
Oct 1, 2017This has all the earmarks of a great Sparks album - the music varies from classical to pastoral to downright wacky, likewise the lyrics; RonThis has all the earmarks of a great Sparks album - the music varies from classical to pastoral to downright wacky, likewise the lyrics; Ron Mael's keyboards are as interesting as ever, and brother Russell's voice practically the Dorian Gray of pop/rock. So why does this fall flatter than usual with me? Because the guys made the mistake of making that album with Franz Ferdinand first, and it rocked like a **** and challenged everybody, performers and listeners alike. Compare that to the last minute of "The Missionary Position" here, which, despite its kooky charm, basically vamps on the last chord change over and over for too long at the end before petering out, and you get the disappointment. As a matter of fact, that's how several of the songs here end. "Giddy Giddy" lives up to its name, and "What The Hell Is It This Time" is a pumping good time for a song about leaving God the hell alone, but elsewhere the guys are victims of the high bar they themselves have set for 40 years. When Russell sings "I wish you were fun," I can't help but think that I wish they were funner.… Expand
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