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Hello Young Lovers

6 Feb 2006

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  • Original Release Date: 6 Feb 2006
  • Label: Gut Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 Gut Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 50:40
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  • ASIN: B001GDH6O8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,471 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jon B on 3 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Quite simply the best thing I've heard in a longtime. Sparks have recieved quite a bit of press about this, and their influence on current bands such as Franz Ferdinand is indisputable. Whilst most people would still consider the 74 albums (Kimono and Propaganda) to still be the Mael brothers finest work, I have to say that this glorious dose of torture trumps even those classic works in my opinion. Though seemingly original and quirky on initial impressions, I have come to realise that a lot of the influences that forged this CD are actually very familiar to me. As with Lil' Beethoven, Ron and Russell are obviously influenced, heavily, by the early works of Philip Glass - with both Einstein on The Beach and Northstar being referenced musically throughout. But other obvious echoes are of Lou Reed - "The very next time.." could be lifted straight from "Magic and Loss", Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, Devo and Laurie Anderson.
Impressive as Lil' Beethoven was, this is a huge leap forward. There is not a bad moment on the whole CD, though at a push I would vote for " As I sit to play the organ.." as my favourite track.
It is no hyperbole though to warn potential listeners that this CD will destroy any hope of a peaceful night's sleep. These tunes are designed to bore their way into your head and repeat ad infinitum. If you thought "take me out" by Franz Ferdinand was bad... this is ten times more infectious.
But it is a price worth paying. If you like something with complexity, intelligence and innovation.. get this! You will not be disappointed.... just really really tired and distracted.
A gem of a CD. Well done Ron and Russell. You are forgiven for all the TERRIBLE rubbish you've foisted on us in the past.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jim kruger-olsen on 9 Jan 2006
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The most inventive band in art-rock has done it again. A magnificent piece of music. If you are tired and bored of listening to music in general, and want to revitalize your pleasure of listening to music, I will strongly recommend this album. It´s noisy, repetetive with exciting instrumental changes, tempo changes, catchy, lyrically hilarious and cool. A playful blend of musical genres. Love it or hate it, I´ll guarantee you will not feel indifferent. And you´ll probably also buy the last album, Li´l Beethoven, which numerously rock-critics reviewed as a "masterpiece of pop art". Challenge yourself!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eve on 9 Feb 2006
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What can I add that hasn't already been written by the other glowing reviews? Not much probably but I will try.
Don't be put off thinking they're 'that 70's band' although they are.
Do buy this album and prepare to brought in to a fan club that spans some of musics finest and newest(Morrissey, Bjork, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand, I'll stop there).
This album has a theme, I don't mean like The Whos'Tommy, I mean like all the tracks are to do with relationships, from the weird and somewhat creepy idea of firemen rescuing cats to meet women on Here Kitty to the emotionally immune on Waterproof.
The most immediate tracks for me were,
Perfume - a guy who prefers your natural aroma since perfumes remind him of past women.
Baby Baby (can I invade your country?) - Political or sexual? you decide.
Metaphor - Get your coat luv you've pulled.
Waterproof - For those who've missed the older style of Sparks should love this. I was jumping round the room.
If I were to find a fault it would be that a couple of tracks, to those used to the 3 minute pop song, may find their attention span wandering but that probably says more about how bland mainstream music has become more than a criticism of those continue to push and blur the boundaries.
Nice work fellas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. N. Lumb on 22 July 2006
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Abandon you're expectations as the disc hits the player. Verbal and musical games have always been Sparks forte, they've almost invented the rule book. This album is a suprising reframing of earlier Sparks preoccupations through an expanded Li'l Beethoven filter. Ron's lyrical preoccupation/neurosis with the various ways to get or loose a girlfriend, continues in songs such as 'Perfume','Waterproof'and 'Dick Around' to name but three. Add to that the sublimely dotty 'Here Kitty' and the subtle lyrical subversiveness of 'baby,baby.let me invade your country'this seems to me to be an album of quite a few new departures. I read a newspaper review which thought the latter track was clumsy and heavy handed, can't agree I'm afraid. For me its just one of the many musical highlights of this album. Question:have the Mael Brothers got patners or is their sibling relationship enough for them ?
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A P MARCH on 13 Jan 2006
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After over 30 years in the business you would think the brothers Mael would have run out of new ideas. Just try listening to this stunning new offering and you'll be amazed.
Despite being best known for many classic 70's offerings Sparks have never been away and this their 20th album confirms they are back to their best.
Everything is used on here (layered vocals, crashing guitars,orchestral backing and 10 excellent new songs) Buy it you won't be disappointed and put this band back in the eyes of the fickle British public.
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