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  • Summary: The British post-punk band's latest album title gives away the game it asks people to play with the collection of 14 rerecorded hits.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Though this material has been rereleased ad nauseam, Squeeze obsessives will eat it up. For everyone else, it's a reminder that songs like ''Take Me I'm Yours'' have aged surprisingly well.
  2. That passionate energy is what makes each song sound so fresh and exciting, even though it's intentionally not new. Difford and Tilbrook are writing for the next Squeeze album, but for now fans can play Spot the Difference.
  3. It works. And not just because Tilbrook's high and mellifluous voice has only ever-so-slightly thickened and Difford's lower register--used for great deadpan effect on "Cool For Cats"--defies aging concerns, but because these effortlessly clever, tuneful and pithy songs never got their full due in the U.S.
  4. The game at the core of Spot the Difference may be mostly meaningless, but it tricks us into a different kind of comprehension, granting a new face to songs that now no longer seem as stale.
  5. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    Impressively artful forgeries all round--but unlikely to appeal beyond their diehard following. [Dec 2010, p.105]
  6. While this hardly supplants those originals, Spot the Difference is a fun spin for the devoted and a good advertisement for Squeeze's reunion tour, proving they still have the knack to entertain.
  7. Better to seek out Tilbrook's most recent, barely noticed solo album, Pandemonium Ensues, which has the pop shimmer you'd expect from a proper Squeeze album.

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