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One of their better off-peak albums
on 31 December 2007
Sparks congiscentii usually cite 3 or 4 creative peaks in the Mael Bros career - 1974(Kimono), 1979(Moroder) and either 1981 (Whomp/Angst) or 2002 (Lil Beethoven) or perhaps both. Between these peaks fans were treated to patchier albums and a few complete turkeys until the Sparky ones found their muse again.
'Rabbits' appeared in 1984 and was never released in the UK. Its sound is more glossy than 'Whomp That Sucker' or 'Angst In My Pants' although the same band is used. The single 'Pretending to Be Drunk' is hyper-melodic and describes a situation we've all been in. Elsewhere the witty 'Kiss Me Quick' invents the Pet Shop Boys emulator-based pop just a year before that other duo hit the big time, 'Sisters' is a perv-tastically catchy song and 'With All My Might' the obligatory anthem in 'Bon Voyage' mode.
At a guess I'd say 50% good songs, which is a decent yield for an 'off-peak' album, especially since a good Sparks song is a wonder to behold. From here the brothers were dropped by Atlantic Records, released a one-off single the following year, and then went well and truly off the musical rails until dance music rekindled their interest in the 90s.