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Balls (+ Bonus Tracks)

3 Jan. 2010 | Format: MP3

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By A Customer on 3 Sept. 2000
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It's been six years since Spark's last album of new material, 'Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins'. Inbetween was 'Plagiarism' which reinterpreted past glories convincingly. GS&SV was a masterly collection that apart from the first and last tracks being jokey 'bookends' ran from beginning to end as a changing tapestry of electropop and witty lyrics. 'Balls' is almost as good, in fact the title track is the weakest part of the album, a rather dumb mock-rock number that harks back to their 80s 'LA' sound.
Stand outs are 'Scheherazade', 'Aeroflot' and 'Bullet Train'. Some of the last tracks are a bit lightweight but they're far from the instrumental fodder of previous albums like 'Tsui Hark' and 'Big Brass Ring'. I'm not sure there's a single as strong as WDIGTS 'My Way' or NTIOT BBC, with any luck 'The Calm Before the Storm' will be remixed into a cult club hit and chart that way but this is a great album for fans of the original synth duo.
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Having read some of the reviews of this album I didn't know quite what to expect. Whilst lyrically, from what i can discern, ( what no lyric sheet on a Sparks album ? ) it doesn't match some of Ron's most inventive, and therefore funny efforts. It is however a punchy album musically with a lot of very techo balls. I've been playing it constantly since it plopped onto my door matt, so can it be that bad. I'm growing to appreciate some of the later tracks such as 'Irreplacable' and 'Angels'. But initially I felt the album started off at such a romp with 'Balls' and 'More than a Sex Machine',peaking at 'Bullet Train'that musical interest appeared to fade out. On repeated listenings I would say its largely a result of the way the songs are programmed. It gives the aural impression at least of an album in two halves.

On reflection this is a good album, though little on it quite prepares you for the volt shift that was Lil'Beethoven.
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I'm really enjoying this,I think the opening title track is the weakest part of the album. As a whole this is on a par with GS+SV, very well produced ,interesting to listen to,and strangely addictive .
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I'm ashamed to admit I only got this in 2009, even though I've loved Sparks for 35 years. I'm one of those people who loved the 70s stuff, lost touch with them in the 80s and 90s, and got back into them with Lil'B, HYL and ECOTD. Having loved their most recent three, I've been investigating what I missed out on in the 20 year gap between No1 in Heaven and Lil' Beethoven. Still not got them all, but I have found at least one (Gratuitous Sax...) CD that I rank as good as anything they've ever done. This one though I only just came to, mainly put off by negative comments I had read, often in conjunction with glowing reports about Lil' Beethoven being a return to form after the lacklustre Balls.

It is no such thing. I'm loving it! Calm before the storm, Bullet Train and Aeroflot are probably my favourite three on here, but only More Than a Sex Machine has yet to impress me.

I'm only giving it 4 stars, because for me there are a number of Sparks albums which are one star better than this... GS&SV, HYL, Propaganda, Kimono, Lil'B. But really it's well worth getting. If only for Bullet Train. What a fantastic song!

Love you Ron.
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By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2009
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A lot of people on various websites have really criticized this album, saying it is one of Sparks' worst efforts, but I really must disagree. Granted, it isn't in my top five of theirs, but it is still a worthy purchase. Some of the tracks on here really work well ("Balls", "Bullet Train", "Irreplaceable", "Angels", and "Calm Before The Storm" for example) and are tremendous fun to listen to. In fact, this album could even serve as a pretty good introduction for a Sparks newcomer as it has plenty of their bizarre humour, plus enjoyable tunes which aren't too scary for new ears!
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By WOOLLY MAMMOTH TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 May 2014
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This album has taken a beating off the critics over the years, quite unfairly in my view.

Sparks branched out into the world of techno and experimentation and the result is both powerful and energised.

I appreciate that this is not for everyone, but the album is consistently strong throughout and punctuated by their trademark humour (e.g. Euroflot - we've got reservations'). Clever stuff.

4.5/5
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By WOOLLY MAMMOTH TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 May 2014
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This album has taken a beating off the critics over the years, quite unfairly in my view.

Sparks branched out into the world of techno and experimentation and the result is both powerful and energised.

I appreciate that this is not for everyone, but the album is consistently strong throughout and punctuated by their trademark humour (e.g. Euroflot - we've got reservations'). Clever stuff.

4.5/5
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