P. Schofield

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (20 of 23)
Location: HULL, Yorkshire United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,428,394 - Total Helpful Votes: 20 of 23
Exotic Creatures of the Deep (Special"Pouchet Wall&hellip ~ Sparks
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Maels, 20 May 2008
The Brothers Mael have done it again - another brilliant album featuring sweeping melodies, Ron's razor-sharp lyrics, and Russell's vibrant vocals. This is a dazzling, epic album, full of invention and ambition. If this had been made by some trendy young things, it would be lauded as "album of the year". But hey, it is album of the year. Magnificent.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXHILARATING MUSIC, 10 Feb 2006
With "Hello Young Lovers", Ron and Russell Mael have surpassed the dizzying heights reached by their previous album, "Lil' Beethoven." Using the same stylistic approach of sampled strings, timpani, and other orchestral instruments, the Brothers have produced ten little gems.
This time rock and acoustic guitars, are more in evidence, giving a weightier sound than the predecessor. However the real highlights are Ron's melodies, some of which are hauntingly beautiful, and Russell's multi-layered vocal arrangements, the likes of which have never been previously heard on any pop record. There are also moments of great contrast, for example, when the adrenalin rush of "Dick… Read more
Lil' Beethoven ~ Sparks
Lil' Beethoven ~ Sparks
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The deserved re-release of Ron and Russell Maels' brilliant creation should ensure its proper recognition and success. "Lil' Beethoven" was born into this world late in 2002 and immediately achieved rave reviews from critics and fans alike. On first hearing, it sounds so strange and other-worldly, with its repetitive, multi-layered vocals, aggressive baroque string arrangements, and bizarre song titles. However after a few listens, Sparks's pop sensibilities shine through, with subtle key changes, shifts in rhythm, and catchy melodies. Underpinning this burst of creativity is Ron Mael's unique sense of humour displayed through genuinely funny lyrics e.g. "I Married Myself, I'm Very Happy… Read more

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