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Sam Sparro Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0017HRSSC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Too Many Questions
2. Black & Gold
3. 21st Century Life
4. Sick
5. Waiting for Time
6. Recycle It!
7. Cottonmouth
8. Hot Mess
9. Pocket
10. Cut Me Loose
11. Sally
12. Cling Wrap
13. Can't Stop This!
14. Still Hungry (hidden track)

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Australian-born soul starlet Sam Sparro has been making ears prick up of late. His savvy blend of soul, funk and modern electronica nods to 70s and 80s legends like Stevie Wonder and Hall and Oates, but Sparro brings a sassy style and modern production ethic that renders his music 21st Century fresh. Armed with a smooth, mercurial voice, Sparro sashays slickly through disco, funk and soul, moving waists with the punchy electro-funk of "Too Many Questions", "Black & Gold" and "Cut Me Loose", soaring soul like "Hot Mess" and darker material like "Pocket’ and the synth-laden "Sick" (which comes over all Calvin Harris admittedly minus the kitsch, ironic appeal). "Clingwrap" is pop-lite Prince, and there’s the occasional slower track like "Waiting For Time" and "Cottonmouth", but mostly this is an upbeat collection for good time people. His Daft Punk-meets-Jamiroquai single "Black & Gold" has already earned him deserved comparisons to contemporary blue-eyed soul boys like Jamie Lidell; Sam Sparro is assured enough to make him a star.--Danny McKenna

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Sam Sparro

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disco(mbobulation)Ball 28 April 2008
Format:Audio CD
It takes a brave man (or a somewhat foolish manager) to time ones'
debut album release with that of Mrs.Ciccone-Ritchie's latest
extravaganza but Mr Sparro gets my vote straight off the bat
with this scintillating slice of chic, sophisticated electrofunk.

Anybody who can manage to weave the word 'discombobulated' into a pop song
(trust me it's there in 'Cottonmouth') immediately gains my full attention and respect.

It's a very strong first showing indeed, 'Black And Gold' having been
around for a little while now as an amuse-bouche to whet our appetites
until the whole three courses (plus petit fours and coffee) arrived at the table.

And what a damned fine meal we have set out before us here.

It's as though a hyperactive schoolboy has been rooting around
in his elder brother's 70's and 80's funky disco collection,
absorbing the best and ditching the rest.
The retro references are witty, cunningly integrated and sharply performed.
(I sense an encyclopedic knowledge and enthusiasm for the genre).

Mr Sparro's voice shifts comfortably between a rich (and slightly sleazy)
baritone and a finely honed falsetto (watch out Mr Shears !) navigating
the thirteen numbers in this collection with confidence and authority.

This largely uptempo set would feel as at home in the surburban drawing
rooms of Purley as it doubtless will in the darker corners of West Hollywood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just love track 2 on this cd 26 Nov 2013
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Well, I just love track 2 on this cd, classic. play it full blast in car, guy is a genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CD 12 May 2013
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Good music for most of the cd as you normally get a few good tracks and the rest is there to fill up the cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The new sound of the summer 9 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
It would be impossible to write anything about Sam Sparro without discussing his ubiquitous first single, so I'll get that out of the way first: 'Black and Gold' is a stunning, reflective - almost melancholy - song, impossible not to love and perhaps a classic in the making. But fans of that track should approach Sparro's debut album with caution. There's only one other slow song amongst the 14 here - 'Waiting for Time' - and it doesn't even come close to matching the brooding magnificence of 'Black and Gold'. The majority of this record is far more funky and upbeat, both innovatively futuristic and pleasingly retro.

Instead of taking the standard pop route, Sparro's music mixes elements of dance, electro, funk and a distinctive 1980s sound - Prince is the most obvious influence, while 'Hot Mess' sounds like a lost track from the Scissor Sisters' first album. For me at least, the highlight of the whole collection is 'Clingwrap', a joyous, four-minute kiss-off anthem anchored around infectious hooks and brilliantly absurd, witty lyrics. 'Too Many Questions', '21st Century Life' and 'Sally' are similarly fabulous pop songs, instantly easy to sing along to. Meanwhile, the closing hidden track, 'Still Hungry', is something of a departure - a piano-led ballad showcasing Sparro's soulful voice, it suggests a versatility that could turn its creator into a genuine star.

Anyone familiar with Sparro's debut EP will be aware that his lyrics can veer dangerously close to the offensive side of trite, as on the embarrassing 'Miss Rexi' (thankfully not included here), the brief skit 'Recycle It!' and the verses of the otherwise excellent '21st Century Life'.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky Refreshing Sound! 8 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Sam Sparro is truly an artist that grew up with the great sounds of the 80's. With influences from 'Depeche Mode' and the Funk vibes of 'Prince', Sam Sparro brings us a resreshing Electro soul sound for the 21st Century! This is an Instant classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy sparro! 7 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Is this a good album, no, its bloody excellent!. I havent bought an album in ages that I can truely say that I like every song. If you are a funk loving person, who loves a bit of the eighties this is definatley for you. Theres a bit of an Erasure/ boygeorge vibe... in a good way of course and its great to dance too. I cant stop playing it! well done Sam, looking forward to seeing what else you can do?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Sparro 5 Feb 2009
By E. Ward
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album just before Christmas because it was 2.98 - it seemed rude not to, especially having enjoyed the single 'Black and Gold' so much.

At first, I didn't think much of it. The tracks had that eighties feel to them, not unlike Darren Hayes or some slow Scissor Sisters, which I kinda like. I perservered with the CD nad have grown to love it :-) It puts me in boppy, poppy mood thatcha just can't resist, shoulders movin' and fingers snapping'...

Highlights of the CD include:

Black and Gold
I love the way the track progresses from its initial intro beat (which is longer on the album than the single) up to a full blown song. The beat is addictive and the song has set itself aside from other radio tunes to join the realms of *super cool*

21st Century Life
A finger-clicking classic... Its uber-80s, glam feel is so optimistic and upbeat, you can't help but love it!

A catchy tune followed by an even more catchy chorus.

Weak monents - about 90% of albums have some track that is my least favourite (not usually 'disliked' though), and on this album it is:

The Americanism of the title gets on my goat in the first instance, and the odd subject choice for the song just leaves me wondering WHY?!?!

This album is currently one of my favourites, and will continue to grace my CD played for quite some time. The variety of tracks means it never gets boring - I can't wait to see what he delivers next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars love it
Although there are some weak tracks, they are massively overshadowed by some hugely enjoyable modern classics. Read more
Published on 23 April 2010 by T. J. Cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
Black and Gold kind of passed me by when it hit the charts, but after hearing the wonderful Pocket on the TV and seeing that amazon was selling the album for tuppence ha'penny, I... Read more
Published on 30 May 2009 by muso
5.0 out of 5 stars a sparkling sparro
Oh wow I just cant stop playing this CD, it is exactly what is needed at these grey times of dull financial dumbness. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2009 by David Spanswick
1.0 out of 5 stars sam sparrow
This has to be the worst album i have ever heard . The only good track is black and gold. Save your money and just buy the single because the rest is rubbish
Published on 6 Oct 2008 by A. C. Rennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Why This Album Is Amazing
I loved Black and Gold before I bought the album, and found some more of his music on youtube and really liked the funky rhythms and beats. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2008 by Natalie
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Track 1. Too Many Questions
This song is pathetic you can listen to it once or twice and then it is really boring 3/10

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Published on 11 Sep 2008 by Mr. D. Brocklebank
1.0 out of 5 stars Sam Sparrow
I bought this album because I loved 'Black and Gold'. However, I was very disappointed. That track and the first one on the album are the only ones worth listening to. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2008 by K. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Since I got this album it is all I have been listening to. I love it so much I am worried I will overplay it, so I make sure I only listen to it a couple of times a day, but every... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2008 by Lubi
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