- Audio Cassette (28 Feb. 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Bmg/Logic
- ASIN: B000005X9Y
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Vio [CASSETTE]
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This... THIS album is just stunningly good! I've half a mind to say I actually prefer it to anything else they've done. Better than Propaganda or Hello Young Lovers? Yes, probably.
First listen through I thought... hmmm.... this is quite good. By the third I was addicted. Highlights? Most of it. Frankly Scarlett.... Hear no Evil... I thought I told you.... and When I kiss you.... This is just musical bliss. A GREAT CD for driving in the car.
Ok, so this hasn't been a very coherent review. Sorry. But what I'm trying to express is, if like me you had missed out on this gem, but have liked any of Sparks more recent stuff (or if you are a Pet Shop Boys fan... because you'll LOVE this), then I can recommend this CD. Wholeheartedly. Get it. Fall in love with it.
Warning.... like most Sparks music it will stop you sleeping well.
Sparks had been out of sorts since 1983's 'Sparks in Outer Space'. The three following 80s albums each suffered from production that was behind the pack. In the 70s the group had been sonically ahead of the pack with 'Kimono My House' and later 'No. 1 in Heaven'. Their passée late 80s sound found them struggling, and held back Mael's great songwriting. GSASV doesn't present a reinvention - as many reviewers have been quick to comment - rather, by using the sound of the early 90s they made their style work again. The use of house rhythms on the harder tracks worked in a more satisfying manner than had been attempted on 1986's misfire 'Music That You Can Dance To'. It helped too that the material was funnier than usual. The lengths of the song titles are jokes in themselves; 'I Thought I Told You To Wait In The Car' and 'Frankly, Scarlett, I Don't Give A Damn' revel in their convoluted mockery.
'When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way'' is the obvious standout, and arguably their best single since 1985's 'Change' or perhaps 1981's 'Funny Face'. Its Pet Shop Boys channelled sound and a memorable melody proved potent and returned Sparks to the charts in Germany and the UK. '(When I Kiss You) I Hear Charlie Parker Playing' was released as the follow up, but is a much more unconventional track. Never have the group sounded so relentless. Russell Mael's vocal ranges between rapping (yes really!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fun-lyrics and sounds are great. I purchased this after reading other reviews and was delighted that I'd taken their advice.Published 15 months ago by mjc
A fab album from Sparks featuring the brilliant song When Do I Get To Sing My Way - superb. Also features Now That I Own The BBC, Let's Go Surfing & When I Kiss You I Hear Charlie... Read morePublished 20 months ago by discofan
One of their best albums from the late 90's.
Great Production, Fantastic Songs, Hilarious Lyrics.
Very Highly Recommended - a five star must buy.
There are only 2 or 3 tracks on this album that I like. The rest of it sounds like The Pet Shop Boys or the soundtrack to a showbiz drug fuelled party from the 90's or 2000's.Published 23 months ago by simben
love it. Only criticism didn't like the stickers being stuck on the booklet inside the CDPublished on 2 Oct. 2014 by Mr. David Lloyd
This is an upgrade to my Sparks collection. Arrived on time ande will purchase again soon. Wish there were more collectibles.Published on 17 Dec. 2013 by Michael L. Rubens
Sparks returned in 1994 after a six year break from albums with a sound similar to the Pet Shop Boys and to commercial success; hits in Germany and the UK. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2011 by kevinthegerbil