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DEFINATELY NOT GOING TO POT,
This review is from: Play (Audio CD)
1991's PLAY album saw Squeeze signed up to Warner Bros and entering the final phase of their recording career (to date). It was another record full of clever lyrics and smart pop melodies, except this time around the cheerful matiness of early releases was jetissoned in favour of slick production and a more American sound.
PLAY is also Squeeze's darkest record by far (Cosi Fan Tutti a close second) and requires patience and repeated listens to fully understand what messers Difford & Tilbrook were aiming for.
Satisfied and Sunday Street were both lifted as singles - the former a mid-paced mood piece with a distinctly Beatlesque feel, the latter a catchy if rather forced take on English weekend life. But it's the album tracks that really lift PLAY onto the upper teirs of early 90's rock/pop.
Letting Go is a stunning jazz/pop song beautifully performed with a lovely Tilbrook vocal and a wonderfully emotive Difford lyric. Wicked & Cruel is a thundering and sarcastic ode to a soon-to-be X and House Of Love is a woozy piano driven stomper which could have been a single (but wasn't).
If you are looking for another Cool For Cats or Hourglass then this isnt the Squeeze CD for you. If you want a mature, adult orientated rock record with flashes of Beatles/Kinks brilliance then PLAY is well worth hunting down.
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2013 12:55:38 BDT
David Cook says:
Excellent album. Got it when it was originally released (first on vinyl, then upgraded to cd about '93-ish). Shame it was a commercial flop. I also still have the Sunday Street cd single (which didn't chart). It had two good bonus cuts, Maidstone and Mood Swings. Yeah class band thru the years, caught them live in '95 and '96.
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