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It is very different to the previous albums. The backing band is sparse and heavy, the vocals mush nore repetitive and simple, often annoyingly so. The drums are very over the top, a bit like Aynsley Dunbar on Bowies Pin Ups album. The guitar a bit like Mick Ronsons playing too. It all goes to make a very different album.
If you like Sparks dont make this a first purchase, get Kimono or Lil Beethoven first, this is not for the casual Sparks fan and is not really for the faint hearted.
However it has been remastered and does contain many extra tracks including the classic B Side Gone With The Wind which is so good it's worth getting for this one song alone.
So I've docked one star for it not being quite up to their usual brilliant standard, but still very good nonetheless.
Just Buy It - it's Sparks, they're all good!
After the sheer brilliance of "Kimono My House", after the frenetic urgency of "Propoganda", after the change in sound and structure of "Indiscreet", Sparks proved they were still surfing way ahead of the crowd by releasing this, an album which forecasts the sound punk tried to make without ever losing sight of intelligence, wit, humour, tunes, offensiveness, sarcasm....oh, and lots of other things that make Sparks so far out left.
Thundering drum sound, scratchy guitar, bass as lead (on most tracks), almost no keyboards - what on EARTH were they trying to do?
No anger, a bit of despair, sexist racism ("White Women" does make me feel uneasy, but it really is impossible to take the track too seriously in the light of the lyrics and everything else they've ever released), the oddbod track ("I Like Girls" - all keyboards and as odd as a very odd thing), and the usual mix of sarcasm, irony, and silly cleverness. Or clever silliness, it depends how you hear this...
Personally, I love most of this album, but unusually (for me) there is an absolute, utter, stand out stunner of a track on here. "I Bought The Mississippi River" is daft, possibly pointless, but it sure sounds like it's about something important....it's made me puzzled for 33 years so far and I do hope no - one ever explains what it actually means.
And it has a TERRIBLE sleeve.
Or is that a great sleeve?..
Maybe not a great Sparks album, but against everything else still worth 5 stars.
The lead single release was a double 'A' sided one, of 'Big Boy' with 'Fell-er Up.'These 2 songs were played by Sparks toward the end of the 1977 Disaster film 'Rollercoaster'
Reading the lyrics, Ron had the frustration of the punk generation but the music was basic MOR rock with a hint of blues. The only other single was 'I Like Girls'. A song that originated from Sparks early days around the time of the first LP. 'I Like Girls' was doubled 'A'd with 'England'. A track first used as B-side to their Beatles cover. 'England' was a song that Ron & Russell did with old member Earle Mankey. First time they'd worked together since 1973. Both the Beatles song and 'England' would end up on the CD version of 'Indiscreet.'
I for one enjoyed this LP. More than the album that would come the following year. I think Island Records could have made more effort publicity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After the majestic trio of albums that came before it, this has a lot to live up to and is somewhat dismissed by some fans. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2010 by Freddie Valentine
...and maybe the worst Sparks album I've ever listened to. Funny lyrics, great voice, but no magic.Published on 23 May 2009 by Trebla777
I got this back in the 70s on vinyl. I was appalled then and time has not changed my mind. After three great albums they produced this thing which is shockingly poor. Read morePublished on 24 May 2008 by Jon B