Babylon and on Extra tracks, Import
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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!
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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One of the best albums recorded by a UK band.
Great songs backed by great music.
this cd is full of songs which puts squeeze up with the best. well penned an good music babylon an on is one of albums you could own .few singles but there's morePublished on 21 Mar. 2011 by brooky