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A true classic!,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins (Audio CD)
Sparks have recently been enjoying a great deal of critical acclaim for their two most recent albums - Lil Beethoven and Hello Young Lovers, along with a very successful tour. They have been lined up for two major UK festivals this summer and have also been feted by the media (no more than they deserve). Gratuitous Sax was a major return to form in the 90s for the LA based brothers who have been so influential over the years, from the Rock/Pop glam of This Town, through their work with legendary producer Tony Visconti - Looks Looks Looks and Get in the Swing - onto their euro disco with Giorgio Moroder (who was a major influence on the Pet Shop Boys and Erasure). One of their most adoring fans is none other than Morrisey who, according to legend, once kept a piece of half eaten toast one or other of the Mael brothers had been eating one LA morning! This album marked a major return to popularity for Sparks, particularly in mainland Europe where When Do I Get To Sing My Way became a major hit. (In fact outselling all of their earlier British hits!) The album is divine electronic based dance music with wonderful synth and vocal arrangements and their inimitable style of witty lyrics which are so telling (yet with tongue kept firmly in cheek) - who else could write a song entitled the Ghost of Liberace? Highlights - When do I Get To Sing My Way of course, Liberace and the sublime Lets Go Surfing which encapsulates everything which is so brilliant and uplifting about the best sparks songs. This is an essential album to own - very much a musicians album - its influences spread far and wide - do yourself a favour - buy it and then work out all the other CDs this influenced!
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