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WELL AND TRULY WHOMPED,
This review is from: Whomp That Sucker (Audio CD)
There are many really great Sparks albums but, sorry fans, this isn't one of them. IMO this falls near the bottom of their meritorius 21 album pile (although I admit there are couple I've not heard). Despite the reintroduction of a band format, the arrangements are lightweight and fail to lift a set of songs where even the dependable Mael wit is at a lower ebb (for them). Propagnada it ain't!
My affection for ths album is tarnished by my memory of my girlfriend at the time surprising me with this as a present as she knew I loved Sparks..... But I recall how she cringed when we played it and I have to say that I largely empathised.
Seeing this advertised on Amazon, I dragged out my vinyl copy for the first time in nearly 25 years with a view to listening again without her prejudice. I confess, it was better than I remembered but overall my opinion hasn't much changed. I will usually defends these boys' talent to merit five stars for just existing but IMHO this one is for Sparks' completists only.