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SQUEEZING OUT SOME FANTASTIC RECORD,
This review is from: Some Fantastic Place (Audio CD)
It's fair to say that Squeeze had been in commercial, if not critical decline, since 1987's manic hit single 'Hourglass'. Difford & Tilbrook were determined to release an album that could stand shoulder to shoulder with their finest long players of the early 80's.
The resulting Some Fantastic Place, at least artistically, succeeded with aplomb. The title track is a magnificent gospel inflected Harrisonesque strummer with one of Chris Difford's finest lyrics, 'Third Rail' & 'It's Over' are Beatlesque powerpop and 'Cold Shoulder' a brittle ballad featuring one of Glenn Tilbrook's most accomplished vocals. Paul Carrack adds his soulful voice to the slick 'Loving You Tonight' and his presence on keyboard/backing vocal duties helped to make this line up of Squeeze amongst the finest - both live and in the studio. Bassist Keith Wilkenson gets his time in the spotlight with the self penned calipso flavoured 'True Colours' and final track 'Pinnochio' is a stone cold D&T classic.
Even lesser tracks 'Images Of Loving', 'Talk To Him' and 'Everything In The World' fizz with invention, energy and fully realised crystal clear arrangements.
Squeeze wear their beat-group influences with pride on this album and subsequently it is probably their most accomplished and accessible record of the late 80's & 90's. It goes without saying that the lyrics are excellent and the melodies often sublime.
Fifteen years later it still sounds magnificent. Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook are up there with Costello, Davies and Macca - truly great song writers - if you haven't yet discovered the mighty Squeeze then this is some fantastic place to start.