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Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins

7 Dec 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2009
  • Label: Lil' Beethoven
  • Copyright: 2009 Lil' Beethoven
  • Total Length: 44:56
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  • ASIN: B0032HHR8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,044 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jon B on 25 Jan 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have loved Sparks since the early 70s, but they sort of drifted out of my conciousness somewhere after No.1 in Heaven, until Lil' Beethoven. Having got that, and subsequently the INCREDIBLE Hello Young Lovers (flawless) and the superb Exotic Creatures.... I went in search of those Sparks albums from my "lost years" to see what I could find.
This... THIS album is just stunningly good! I've half a mind to say I actually prefer it to anything else they've done. Better than Propaganda or Hello Young Lovers? Yes, probably.
First listen through I thought... hmmm.... this is quite good. By the third I was addicted. Highlights? Most of it. Frankly Scarlett.... Hear no Evil... I thought I told you.... and When I kiss you.... This is just musical bliss. A GREAT CD for driving in the car.
Ok, so this hasn't been a very coherent review. Sorry. But what I'm trying to express is, if like me you had missed out on this gem, but have liked any of Sparks more recent stuff (or if you are a Pet Shop Boys fan... because you'll LOVE this), then I can recommend this CD. Wholeheartedly. Get it. Fall in love with it.

Warning.... like most Sparks music it will stop you sleeping well.
:)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jude Turpin on 25 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
Despite being a Sparks fan club member (back in 1975) I have only recently heard this, although I had heard (and bought) the brilliant `...My Way` sigle in 1994. I am no lover of dance music, but this is a fantastic album, there are lots of highlights, no real lowlights. From the Propagandaesque opener, to the amazing `Ghost of Liberace`, Ron and Russ have produced a quality album. `Hear No Evil...` has a bewitchimg, almost oriental melody, you never grow tired of `...Charlie Parker` or `BBC..` with funny, hypnotic tunes. The genesis of Sparks latter albums can be heard on some of the tracks, particularly `I Thought I Told You To Stay In The Car`. Typically brilliant Mael magic.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Chad Who Loved Me on 26 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins (GSASV) was the comeback album of Sparks. Released late 1994, the album had a sound that was close to the pet shop boys ('When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way''), light euro-house ('Now That I Own The BBC'), and surprisingly vigorous house. That I've mentioned house twice already is a good marker of the prevailing sound of GSASV.

Sparks had been out of sorts since 1983's 'Sparks in Outer Space'. The three following 80s albums each suffered from production that was behind the pack. In the 70s the group had been sonically ahead of the pack with 'Kimono My House' and later 'No. 1 in Heaven'. Their passe late 80s sound found them struggling, and held back Mael's great songwriting. GSASV doesn't present a reinvention - as many reviewers have been quick to comment - rather, by using the sound of the early 90s they made their style work again. The use of house rhythms on the harder tracks worked in a more satisfying manner than had been attempted on 1986's misfire 'Music That You Can Dance To'. It helped too that the material was funnier than usual. The lengths of the song titles are jokes in themselves; 'I Thought I Told You To Wait In The Car' and 'Frankly, Scarlett, I Don't Give A Damn' revel in their convoluted mockery.

'When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'' is the obvious standout, and arguably their best single since 1985's 'Change' or perhaps 1981's 'Funny Face'.
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By the end of the '80s Sparks were at an all-time artistic and commercial low so the 5 year recording sabbatical that followed Interior Design was no surprise. They finally returned in '93 with the underrated non-album single National Crime Awareness Week which set the scene for the following year's major comeback - Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins. Europop and techno (I think, I'm certainly no electronic dance music expert) provide the perfect palette of sounds for Ron Mael's melodies and lyrics much like disco did circa-No. 1 In Heaven. It's glossy, modern, and it sold. Sparks hit the UK charts for the first time in 15 years and were all over the media as if it was 1974 again! The album kicks off with a brief acappella throwback to their 1974 classic Propaganda before launching into the instant classic hit single When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way' - a beautiful rumination on fame, or lack of (much like Interior Design's A Walk Down Memory Lane). My other highlights include the hilarious Now That I Own The BBC, the funny/sad The Ghost Of Liberace and the exhilarating Let's Go Surfing. 20 years on from Kimono My House, the Maels were vital again, and bigger things were yet to come!
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