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  • Audio CD (25 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000NDFK7M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This record - fun, in places manic, catchy and clever - sounds like the band's first realisation that they were getting older.

The songs "Hourglass", "Footprints", "In Today's Room", even "Cigarette of a Single Man", all sound like they were suddenly panicking about the passage of time (which is fair enough, they'd passed their first flushes of youth, and were trying to appeal to a predominantly young market), and the reviewer who said that this sounds like a group "desperately" trying to break back into the big time has a point.

But they do it well. "Hourglass" is terrifically catchy, good to dance to, and even better to sing along with; "Trust Me" is a passable attempt at a rock n' roll number; and even the despised "8535937" is still a really good pop song. Other than the singles, there's bounce, fun and a spring in almost every step, from the Beatles-esque "Tough Love" to the impossibly enjoyable "Striking Matches".

On a less positive note, the band does appear to attempt to keep the pace going throughout the entire album, a mistake surely, leaving us with hardly any variation in energy and a couple of forced-sounding album fillers (tracks 6, 9 and 10 spring to mind). But over all this is still an enjoyable set of songs. It's just a huge pity that it was made in 1987, because the production values now sound quite dated and obviously a product of late-80s pop. If you like that sort of thing, fine, but it does sound quite jarring when compared with the bulk of Squeeze's work, and takes away - slightly - from the enjoyment you get from listening to it.

This said, it was a huge hit, and in my opinion rightly so. It contains one of their more enduring singles, and when taken in the context of their previous two albums demonstrates that there was certainly still life in the ageing dogs yet!
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1987 proved to be a great year for Squeeze. They enjoyed a big hit in both the UK and the US with the manic single 'Hourglass' and its parent album 'Babylon & On' still ranks as the bands biggest selling original record. Slickly recorded at the Hit Factory this is the sound of a group desperately trying to break back into the big time.
This being the work of messers Difford and Tilbrook its full of smart lyrics, giant pop hooks and fully realised beat group arrangements. The only thing it's lacking is the emotion and soul that previous albums such as Eastside Story and Argybarby posessed in spades.
The highlights - 'Hourglass', 'Tough Love', Cigarette Of A Single Man' and 'Footprints' are as good as anything the band recorded. But much of the rest borders on the bland - intelligent catchy bland, but bland nevertheless.
A better place to start is the magnificent 'Some Fantastic Place' or the hit strewn 'Eastside Story'
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Their most popular US album has some fantastic tracks on, including the well-known 'Hourglass' and 'Footprints', but all of the songs are, as with any Squeeze album, well-written and catchy.
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I Love Squeeze and this is another of South London's finest. Typical eighties but some great tunes by brilliant musicians.
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Not one of the bands strongest albums, with only one gem for me but they are still a great group.
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