Sparks CD review [In The Red]
Mar 7, 2006, 04:36
SPARKS Hello Young Lovers CD
Hello Young Lovers, the new album by legendary Sparks, shows the band as inventive as ever, silencing accusations of irrelevance by creating a record even more infectious and smart than usual.
Several recurring themes pop up throughout the album's ten tracks. The sterility of the modern world is a favorite topic, but so is, well, not being a little bitch. Elsewhere, the band continues to channel Queen via Cheap Trick as only they can, but adds some unlikely elements, like the â€˜mosh part' that erupts from the middle of album opener “Dick Around,” or the claim that, if forced at gunpoint, they would rather “rock like a mother” than write any wimpy parts, which, they explain, only “get you into trouble.” All of this sung over a lush orchestral accompaniment without a hint of guitar, that most ubiquitous of â€˜rock' instruments.
It's unrelentingly obnoxious, combatively precious, and inexplicably brilliant. Yep, it's another Sparks record. Did you expect any less from a band who takes their fashion cues from Hitler? [In The Red]
-James Jackson Toth