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This review is from: Exotic Creatures Of The Deep (Audio CD)
I love Sparks. My girlfriend can't stand them, but I think they're amazing, and this is another great album by the Mael brothers. But...
"Little Beethoven" and especially "Hello Young Lovers" were absolutely stunning albums, a real high-water mark for Sparks, and to be honest this is a tiny bit of a step backwards for them. Some of the tracks work brilliantly, such as the excellent "Lighten Up, Morrissey" and "Good Morning", which sounds for all the world like the theme tune of "Chorlton and the Wheelies", but then there are some really weak songs such as "The Director Never Yelled 'Cut!'" and "I've Never Been High" which spoil things somewhat. Then there are "Strange Animal" and "Let The Monkey Drive", which are entertaining but go on for way too long if I'm honest.
As a Sparks album it stands up well amongst their back catalogue, but isn't as good as "Hello Young Lovers" or "Little Beethoven", and newcomers to the Mael brothers' work shouldn't enter here (go for "Hello Young Lovers" or "Kimono My House"). Great, but not amazing - and that's what Sparks records deserve to be.