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  • Summary: This is the 24th full-length studio release for the sibling art-rock duo of Ron and Russell Mael.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. May 14, 2020
    90
    And so it brilliantly goes. ... These are classic Sparks moments, full of comedy, clever wordplay, deft explorations of all the myriad issues of the world, with arrangements that sound as current and fresh as a dew-soaked spring daisy.
  2. Uncut
    May 12, 2020
    90
    Filled to the brim with usual abundance of trademark lyrical zingers, tenacious earworm melodies and stylistic zigzags. [Jun 2020, p.26]
  3. May 13, 2020
    90
    The Mael brothers have been waiting patiently for the world to catch up to them, but A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip signifies another bold creative peak moment for Sparks.
  4. 80
    For longtime fans, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip is just another impressive notch in Sparks’ ever expanding career belt. But newcomers can come aboard here, then work themselves back through nearly five decades of similarly ecstatic, challenging and generally delightful Sparks music, most of it well worth hearing.
  5. May 15, 2020
    80
    Here and throughout A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, Ron and Russel Mael riff on their history deftly, and the results are both timely and quintessentially Sparks.
  6. 80
    It is an album as multi-faceted as it is innovative. And that’s Sparks to a tee.
  7. Rolling Stone
    May 12, 2020
    60
    Can be madcap and zany, darkly hilarious, and just plain weird. [May 2020, p.89]

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  1. May 31, 2020
    8
    Like most of the Brothers Mael's output over the last decade, the quirk that made them famous can be somewhat muted when compared to theLike most of the Brothers Mael's output over the last decade, the quirk that made them famous can be somewhat muted when compared to the here-comes-the-kitchen-sink approach of their earlier fare, but they've still got it. Unable to shake the hold that classical music took in their work since the "Little Beethoven" album, they have at least made it more interesting and less repetitive - for a brief while the band known for the wackiest lyrics in rock were either out of lyrics or had gone way too minimalist, but they've rebounded nicely. The fastest tracks pack the biggest punch as has almost always been the case, but there's more heft to the slower stuff than has been seen in awhile. Only the closer, "Please Don't **** Up My World" (the sequel to their classic "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth") falls completely, and is more convincing as resignation than plea. One hole doesn't sink this ship, though - this album once again justifies my joining their fan club in 1974. Expand