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A LOT MORE ARGYBARGY FOR YOUR BUCK,
This review is from: Argy Bargy (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
1980's Argybargy was the album that proved Squeeze were more than two hit wonders. Artistically it was a big step up from Cool for Cats and managed to maintain the cheeky chappy persona of the previous records whilst upping the intelligence factor and greatly expanding Difford & Tilbrook's songwriting horizons. Chris's lyrics in particular were becoming very smart by this, the bands third long player.
This remastered and hugely expanded reissue is without doubt the pick of the first batch of Squeeze re-releases and presents a band on the cusp of true greatness.
'Pulling Muscles From A Shell' and 'Another Nail For My Heart' still sound as fresh and full of energy as they did 28 years ago !! The former, in particular, is a masterclass in songwriting and features one of Jools Hollands greatest piano solos. 'If I Didn't Love You' is every bit the great lost single (it was an A Side in America) with the best lines on the record - 'singles remind me of kisses/albums remind me of plans' - genius. 'There At The Top' and 'Separate Beds' are both underated gems and 'I Think I'm Go GO' showed that Tilbrook had lost none of his passion for experimentation within the mainstream.
Of the extra tracks on this 2008 reissue the best is the beautiful 'What The Butler Saw' - apparently left off ArgyBargy because it sounded too middle of the road. The Del Newman string arrangement is highly inventive, Tilbrooks melody is stunning and Difford's lyrics are near literal. The 1980 concert is also an added bonus and shows a band both hungry and surprisingly accomplished for ones so young (Tilbrook was still in his very early 20's)
They would go onto make better records, but for sheer vibrance and ambition Argybargy is still a winner. In it's expanded form it's also great value.