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3.0 out of 5 stars Merely adequate . . ., 27 April 2013
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This review is from: Two Hands One Mouth Live In Europe (Audio CD)
Sparks live is a weird thing. For several years they toured with a "band" consisting of Ron, Russell and a drummer and although fantastic to see them live the gigs, each one enormous fun, seemed to lack a little punch, musically. When Lil' Beethoven came out, the live band was expanded to include guitar and some of the punch returned... with Hello Young lovers, they included a bassist and essentially, the classic Spark lineup returned. The gigs were amazing.

Now they do a live album, their first, and they've gone back to just keyboard a voice.

To me,this seems like a retrograde step.

There's nothing wrong with reinterpreting your oeuvre, that pretty much Sparks raison d'Ítre, but for me, this album simply doesn't work and I'm secretly pleased I couldn't get to the gigs. One or two of the songs, most notably Sherlock Holmes and the sublime Singing In the shower, really benefit from this treatment, but the rest of the albums sound like one of the "intimate" encores they used to do. Which is fine as an encore, but as a whole album?

Thing is, its Sparks, and a bad Sparks album is still streets ahead of most other bands career defining albums. But Two Hands One Mouth, to this fans ears, seems a little lacklustre.

What I'd really like is an album of new material.

And to bring back the punch.
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Initial post: 3 May 2013 07:05:42 BDT
Glad to see you are no sycophant! I gave the album 2 stars and have received death threats!!! ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2013 09:28:38 BDT
errrr that was no regular drummer - that was Tammy Glover a stunning drummer who I have seen 3 times. I agree the BAND rocked!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2013 09:32:09 BDT
Tammy Glover did/does indeed rock, but the "return' gig I was referring to featured Christi Haydon, rather than Tammy... I've lst count of the times Ive seen Tammy play. Her and Dean were, for my money, the perfect Sparks live band.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2013 09:39:40 BDT
Great call! Dean was amazing the version of Amateur Hour on Lil' Beethoven is one of my top 10 of all time... Great to connect with real fans here.
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