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Sweets From A Stranger
 
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Sweets From A Stranger

10 Mar. 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2007
  • Release Date: 10 Mar. 2008
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:16:26
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  • ASIN: B001KTTQKK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,372 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2013
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Squeeze's fifth studio album is one that I've found a little more difficult to love than all of its predecessors, but it's also fair to say that I haven't given it as much time as other Squeeze albums I've enjoyed more since I first bought it back in 2009, so I've had to listen to it quite a few times over the past few days and, when you do give it more attention, it reveals itself to be a very good collection of songs, indeed. "Sweets From A Stranger" is nowhere near as instant as their fourth, "East Side Story", is arguably the weakest Squeeze album to date (at that point) and a little too slick in the production, but many of the songs are much stronger than I first thought and, like many complex albums, repeated listening reveals many rewards.

There is one absolutely massive hit on here, one of Squeeze's best known and loved songs, "Black Coffee In Bed", which I love so much I could probably write an essay on it; it is one of those irresistible combinations of a superb Difford lyric about a freshly single man enjoying his new life with one of Tilbrook's most catchy and commercial white soul scores. When you listen to it, it is difficult to do anything but sing along to Glenn's utterly brilliant vocals, grin with pleasure at the wonderful guitar solo and enjoy the superb Elvis Costello and Paul Young on perfect backing vocals. My copy (the 2008 re-issue) also contains the excellent "Annie Get Your Gun", packed full of energy and melody. The other bonus tracks include the enjoyable "I Can't Get Up Any More" and the brilliant "When Love Goes To Sleep", a classy composition which has Abba-like keyboard touches and sounds, to my ears, like another hit that really should have been.
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By 1982 Squeeze were one of the biggest of the New Wave bands, in both the UK and America, and had enjoyed consistent critical and commercial success for 4 years. The song writing axis of Difford & Tilbrook was being championed as the new Lennon & McCartney and their last long player, Eastside Story, had received brilliant reviews and spawned a top 5 single.
Their record company, A&M, were keen on releasing a new record as quickly as possible so as to capitalise on their latest US success and to consolidate the bands high profile positon in Britain.
The resulting album, with new keyboardist Don Snow, was a mixed bag of slick pop/rock, poorly realised arrangements and too little preparation. Many of the songs suffered from an over - reliance on modern technology and as such there is dated feel to SFAS that is missing from most of the rest of their back catalogue (see also Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti).
But this being Difford & Tilbrook there are at least four truly great Squeeze songs - 'I've Returned' is a energenic power popper with a stunning Difford lyric and a tight band performance, 'Tongue Like A Knife' is a wonderfully orchestrated and near literal tale of infedelity, 'Elephant Ride' an accoustic strummer with a Beacboysesque melody and a passionate Tilbrook vocal and 'Black Coffee In Bed' a slick Temptations pastiche and massive live favourite.
The rest veers from the sublime - 'When The Hangover Strikes' and 'Points Of View' to the ridiculous - 'Stranger Than The Stranger On the Shore'. It was Squeeze's most polished sounding record to date but the heart and soul so prevalent on previous releases is largely lacking.
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Ok, so is it Squeeze's best album, no. But it is probably my fourth favourite Squeeze album {after 'East Side Story' and 'ArgyBargy' and 'Some Fantastic Place'}, the songs definitely deal with darker subjects than their first four albums, and a lot of the songs are about drinking and relationships breaking up, and I think this is reflected in the dark cover, with the bands faces in shadow.
The amazing 'Black coffee in bed' is a true masterpiece, and contains an opening 10-note organ riff that is heard at pretty much every Squeeze gig! I also love the funny 'I've Returned' and the marvellous curiosity that is 'Stranger than the stranger on the shore'. One thing is for sure, Squeeze never fail to surprise!
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Difford and Tilbrook have mixed feelings about this album, mainly because they were exhausted and had almost pulled the plug on Squeeze by the time it was conceived. Sure there is some filler in there, and the production shows the first signs of the dated 80's production excesses of the two subsequent albums, but the average songwriting quality remains excellent(When The Hangover Strikes is my absolute favourite). The remastering job is very good, not too loud / too compressed like all other reissues out there. But the usual flaws with expanded editions are there, mainly the missing track: of all the non-album songs released at the time, all are there (and it's great having the ultra-rare I'm At Home Tonight on CD for the first time) except The Hunt, the excellent atmospheric b-side of Black Coffe In Bed. So you'll still have to look for the original 7". Instead you get a sub-par demo of His House Her Home and the available everywhere else Annie Get Your Gun, so it's not like there was no time left on the CD.
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