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A lucky Dip of an Album,
This review is from: Ridiculous (Audio CD)
I have to agree and disagree with the other reviewers of this album. Yes, "This Summer" is a great track, and should have been a huge hit single. Yes, "Electric Trains" is an excellent track, but not quite immediate enough to have been the hit single A&M clearly wanted it to be - largely because the verses are too long and they got the mix wrong.
"Daphne" is a good track that revisits "Labelled with love" territory, but adds little other than some nice whimsy.
For me, the stand out track is "Grouch of the Day" - should have been a big hit single - everything about that is spot on (except the ragged ending). Should have been a big-un, though I don't think A&M even released it as a single - did they? Foolish fellows!!
However, as for the rest. Well, "Lost for Words" is good as far as it goes, but sounds unfinished and with a little more work could have been a great track. I personally never 'got' "Heaven Knows" - I was surprised when it was issued as a single. The rest of the tracks sound to me more or less like fillers or also rans.
IMHO therefore, this last proper Squeeze album is a mixed bag - not surprising given the stresses and strains on the band at the time.