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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from art pop duo Sparks is its first on the Island Records label since the 1970s.
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  1. May 30, 2023
    There’s not a weak song here. A genuine pleasure to listen to.
  2. 90
    To say it sounds like another great Sparks set might be damning it with faint praise.
  3. May 25, 2023
    The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte is another funny, sad, clever, stupid, artful, basic, beautiful journey into Sparks’ peculiarly well-crafted universe, resistant to external gridding, and a spectacular example of one of music’s most beguiling and bewildering bands.
  4. The Wire
    May 22, 2023
    This album feels more urgent and defiant than its predecessor. [Jun 2023, p.49]
  5. May 23, 2023
    Although The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte might not be quite equal joyous recent peak Lil’ Beethoven, it’s impressive that, on their 26th album, Sparks are incorporating new sounds and concepts, whilst still sounding exactly like themselves.
  6. 80
    AI could never replicate the unique balance between deranged imagination and supreme sanity that is the mark of a great Sparks record like this.
  7. May 22, 2023
    Far from dipping into past glories, the Mael brothers continue their storied run on a stylish, impactful record that illuminates their continued engagement with the wonder of the pop song.

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  1. May 31, 2023
    Hopes were high for a new Sparks album. Reunited with both the label (Island) and producer (the great Toni Vicsonti), it was hoped that theHopes were high for a new Sparks album. Reunited with both the label (Island) and producer (the great Toni Vicsonti), it was hoped that the results would be at least as good as their last meeting, on 1975's "indiscreet", no less. Like that album, "The Girl is Crying in Her Latte" is a mix of styles, all done amazingly well. Sticking with the full-band approach that served them so well on 2020's "A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip", the brothers Mael pull off a set that, even by their standards, is a new high-water mark. Visconti helps them stay in pop mode this time, with references to other songs in their vast body of work; the title track and "You Were Meant For Me" would fit well into their "Exotic Creatures Of The Deep" album, and "Nothing Is As Good As They Say It Is", about a newborn who has seen enough of the world in his first day on Earth to want to go back into the womb, sounds like it was lifted from the sessions for "Indiscreet" itself. The classical repetition and minimalist lyrics that bogged the boys down a bit during their "Little Beethoven" era are gone, and the lyrics are as fun as the music on every track. There is no filler here. Ron and Russell Mael fought hard and long for their critical and popular resurgence, and they have arrived at the pinnacle. If this is where they are now, I hope their next album comes out next week. Of course, it'll be another year before I give it a chance, because this one ain't gonna leave anytime soon. In summary: wow. Just wow. Expand