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LISTEN OR THE TORTOISE GETS IT !
on 18 March 2008
Frank was Squeeze's 1989 low key follow up the big selling Babylon and on album and as such hopes were high for another hit record. There is no question that Frank was artistically superior to it's predecessor, but with no potential singles, an almost complete lack of studio polish and very little marketing, it's not suprising the album tanked.
This is a shame because the first 'side' of the record is stunning. 'If It's Love', 'Peyton Place' and 'Rose I Said' are an opening salvo of tracks up there with Difford & Tilbrooks best. 'Slaughtered, Gutted & Heartbroken' is a glorious vehicle for one Of Difford'd finest lead vocals, whilst Jools Holland's best Squeeze track ever 'Dr Jazz' gives the later half of the record a much needed kick.
So why no glowing review - Frank does lack cohesion and, despite the undoubted musicallity of Tilbrook, Holland, Lavis, Wilkinson and Difford, there is something lacking when compared to the magnificent 'Play' Or 'Some Fantastic Place'.
Of the 'new' tracks 'Who's That' had potential to appear on the album propper, 'Red Light' is a decent stab at rockabilly and Jools Hollands second offering for inclusion 'Good Times Bring Me Down' is nearly as good as 'Dr Jazz'.
Definately worth reinvestigation.