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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to do? Listen to Big Beat!, 18 Feb 2014
This review is from: Big Beat (Audio CD)
Anyone old and cool enough to have followed Sparks' career in real time in the '70s likely found Big Beat disappointing but now in 2014 when they have 22 LPs, it sits somewhere in the middle of their discography. It's the antistasis of it's predeccessor Indiscreet as their sound is now, for the most part, stripped back to basic, raw rock 'n' roll. The only two tracks that hark back (musically) to the old days - I Bought The Mississippi River and I Like Girls (which unsurprisingly dates back to the Bearsville days) are amongst my favourites on the album but straight-foward rockers Nothing To Do and Throw Her Away (And Get A New One) are excellent too. However, what's not straight-forward about the record, is the lyrics. Ron Mael's words in White Woman, Everybody's Stupid and the aformentioned Throw Her Away (And Get A New One) are politically incorrect and an absolute laugh riot. This is definitely not one for those who like their music serious.
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