Sparks Hello Young Lovers Review

Released 2006.  

BBC Review

For a band celebrating over 30 years of active service this is still extremely bold,...

Chris Jones 2002

As with last album Lil' Beethoven, Ron and Russell Mael's new opus presents you with pop music that bears hardly any relation to anything else. A strange amalgam of keyboard-led, semi-operatic sturm und drang with added metal (courtesy of Dean Menta of Faith No More) this builds on ...Beethoven's template of repetition and wit, adding a coherent concept: Modern love and all its pitfalls. Hello Young Lovers addresses its effect on your career (''Dick Around''); your self-esteem (''Here Kitty''); its monotony (''The Very Next Fight''); even its socio-politically euphemistic aspects (''(Baby Baby) Can I Invade Your Country?'').

The killer punch however has to be ''Perfume'' - a list of girls and their chosen scents, all topped off with a twist on the Proustian effect of smell. In other words it's cynical, intelligent and very, very funny. For a band celebrating over 30 years of active service this is still extremely bold, new stuff. Screw the past, indeed...

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