• Record Label: BMG
  • Release Date: May 15, 2020
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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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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 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 -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 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

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84

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 18, 2020
    80
    This is their 29th album, a delightfully silly set of eccentric songcraft.
  2. May 15, 2020
    80
    The good news is that while it’s not better than Hippopotamus, their latest work is just as hilarious, and just as focused.
  3. 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.