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on 21 December 2003
This album (in the form of a "Nice Price" cassette) played almost non-stop in my car for a summer in the mid eighties. My friends have often chided me for not listening to "real" music like Led Zeppelin and the like so this album, and Sparks in general, aren't for those who take music (and themselves) too seriously. This and Angst In My Pants are my very favorite Sparks albums. It's all very funny, very catchy and yet at the heart of it all is something just as worthwhile as in those "serious" songs I hear.
Among the gems that hold a special place in my memories are the title track, Pretending to be drunk, Progress and The Song that Sings Itself. That's not bad after not listening to this for almost 20 years.
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VINE VOICEon 31 December 2007
Sparks congiscentii usually cite 3 or 4 creative peaks in the Mael Bros career - 1974(Kimono), 1979(Moroder) and either 1981 (Whomp/Angst) or 2002 (Lil Beethoven) or perhaps both. Between these peaks fans were treated to patchier albums and a few complete turkeys until the Sparky ones found their muse again.

'Rabbits' appeared in 1984 and was never released in the UK. Its sound is more glossy than 'Whomp That Sucker' or 'Angst In My Pants' although the same band is used. The single 'Pretending to Be Drunk' is hyper-melodic and describes a situation we've all been in. Elsewhere the witty 'Kiss Me Quick' invents the Pet Shop Boys emulator-based pop just a year before that other duo hit the big time, 'Sisters' is a perv-tastically catchy song and 'With All My Might' the obligatory anthem in 'Bon Voyage' mode.

At a guess I'd say 50% good songs, which is a decent yield for an 'off-peak' album, especially since a good Sparks song is a wonder to behold. From here the brothers were dropped by Atlantic Records, released a one-off single the following year, and then went well and truly off the musical rails until dance music rekindled their interest in the 90s.
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on 24 November 2013
After the often laugh-out-loud humour of In Outer Space, Pulling Rabbits Out Of A Hat saw Ron Mael mostly drop the humour from his lyrics and go for more romantic themes. Musically in the same vein as the aforementioned album, it's all very enjoyable with the thrilling title track and the sweet ballad With All My Might among the standouts. But towering over both those and the rest of the album is one of my all-time favourite Sparks songs - A Song That Sings Itself, which has such a gorgeous instrumental passage that it could be number one all over heaven.
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on 1 January 2015
Although not quite as good as the albums they released either side of it, this mid 1980's release sees the Mael Brothers still on good, if not sparkling, form.

However a patchy Sparks album is still way better than many other bands best releases, and is still deserving of a solid four stars.

If you like Sparks, just buy it, you know you'll enjoy it.
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on 31 May 2013
Great album, but wasn't impressed with the sound quality. It's again on the loud side and all the ext. remxies are vinyl rips. Repertoire has a reputation for cranking up the volume level (no surprise) ,but overall this can be considered an ok release. As long as you're not an audio tech, you'll enjoy this one.
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on 15 May 2013
Sparks' 80s output is often overlooked or dismissed but they were still producing great music in this decade. The title track and 'With All My Might' are worth buying this CD for alone but the rest of the album is a fun mixture of eighites pop songs. It does sound very eighties, production wise but is a very enjoyable CD. Not the best to choose as an introduction for the Sparks newbie but still a very good album.
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on 6 September 2015
great to have this on cd !
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