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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Maels, 20 May 2008
The Brothers Mael have done it again - another brilliant album featuring sweeping melodies, Ron's razor-sharp lyrics, and Russell's vibrant vocals. This is a dazzling, epic album, full of invention and ambition. If this had been made by some trendy young things, it would be lauded as "album of the year". But hey, it is album of the year. Magnificent.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXHILARATING MUSIC, 10 Feb. 2006
This review is from: HELLO YOUNG LOVERS (Audio CD)
With "Hello Young Lovers", Ron and Russell Mael have surpassed the dizzying heights reached by their previous album, "Lil' Beethoven." Using the same stylistic approach of sampled strings, timpani, and other orchestral instruments, the Brothers have produced ten little gems.
This time rock and acoustic guitars, are more in evidence, giving a weightier sound than the predecessor. However the real highlights are Ron's melodies, some of which are hauntingly beautiful, and Russell's multi-layered vocal arrangements, the likes of which have never been previously heard on any pop record. There are also moments of great contrast, for example, when the adrenalin rush of "Dick Around" is directly followed by the cool sophistication of "Perfume."
Of course, the unique quality is reinforced by Ron's brilliant lyrics - there is noone in the pop genre who can match his personal slant on the world.
If you are new to Sparks, this music may seem shocking and difficult, but that is only because it is completely different to the majority of drivel that spews out of today's radio stations.
However, play "Hello Young lovers" once, twice, and three times, and I guarantee that you'll play it again and again and again...

Lil' Beethoven
Lil' Beethoven

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Music's Important Again, 8 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Lil' Beethoven (Audio CD)
The deserved re-release of Ron and Russell Maels' brilliant creation should ensure its proper recognition and success. "Lil' Beethoven" was born into this world late in 2002 and immediately achieved rave reviews from critics and fans alike. On first hearing, it sounds so strange and other-worldly, with its repetitive, multi-layered vocals, aggressive baroque string arrangements, and bizarre song titles. However after a few listens, Sparks's pop sensibilities shine through, with subtle key changes, shifts in rhythm, and catchy melodies. Underpinning this burst of creativity is Ron Mael's unique sense of humour displayed through genuinely funny lyrics e.g. "I Married Myself, I'm Very Happy Together." Even within this new stylistic approach, there are great contrasts as evidenced by the final two tracks; "Ugly Guys With Beautiful Girls," a cacophony of drums, rock guitar and spoken narrative, and "Suburban Homeboy" with its subversive singalong chorus. Both songs are hilarious. In a music world that has become increasingly dragged down by boy bands, hype, conservatism and profit, "Lil' Beethoven" is a brave, bold statement - not just another great Sparks record - but a 21st.century icon.

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