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A little Slap and Tickle,
This review is from: Cool For Cats (Audio CD)
If you enjoyed the singles ('Goodbye Girl', 'Cool For Cats', 'Up the Junction', and 'Slap and Tickle') then you won't be disappointed. It is full of the charming melodies and tragi-comic lyrics that are the Squeeze trademark. 'Slap and Tickle' is great as an opener, with its low atmospheric synth opening that builds with the keyboard riff and drums that crescendo into the first verse with its typically whistleable melody. 'Revue' follows and confirms that Squeeze were not just a singles band, with a great heavily syncopated chorus. Songs like 'It's Not Cricket' further support this, with its riff performed on a bell, and the great chorus: 'I can't name names 'cause that's not cricket', with the band punctuating the word 'cricket'. There are also some great rock and roll numbers like 'Hop Skip and Jump'. Most pop albums pre-1985ish often suffered from a weakening in the second half due to the fact that Vinyl was the leading format and bands tended to select their best material for side A, aware that many listeners would not take the effort to turn over the record and listen to side B. However, "Cool For Cats" seemed to daringly do the opposite and the album seems to get stronger as it progresses. It features the famous singles as well as the great 'Hard to Find' and 'Slightly Drunk'. Maybe Squeeze shot themselves in the foot a little and many, finding the first side to be 'OK' did not experience of the side B and consequently Squeeze albums have been largely ignored in comparison to the single. However, it could also be argues that Squeeze were slightly ahead of their time and intuitively pre-empted at time when listeners would be used to a single continuous format (i.e., the CD), thus allowing the album to stand the test of time longer than most. Either way, the album does start well and then gets better. If you're a big fan of the Squeeze 'best of' collections but have never gone any further, maybe it's about time to start venturing into the unfamiliar material of the albums. And "Cool For Cats" seems a reasonable place to start.