Sparks, “A Neatly-liked Drip, Drip, Drip” (BMG)
Sparks, that most European of American bands, has launched one in every of their simplest albums nearly about 50 years after their debut.
“A Neatly-liked Drip, Drip, Drip” reveals brothers Ron and Russell Mael as eclectic, extravagant, creative, melodic and theatrical as ever, preoccupying themselves with lawnmowers, theatmosphereand existence on their native West Flit, all whereas envisioning how an iPhone would disrupt Eden or the Gettysburg Take care of and fantasizing about Igor Stravinsky’s existence as a pop superstar.
“A Neatly-liked Drip, Drip, Drip” follows within the same vein to both its instantaneous predecessor — “Hippopotamus,” unquestionably the superb, if most likely simplest, narrative of 2017 to tip its hat to both Mrs. Lincoln and Taylor Swift — and to heaps of the 22 studio albums sooner than that one. No two tracks are alike, even when the topic topic is linked.
That is the case with “I’m Toast” and “Existential Threat,” which would be both understandably anxious, however the principle alternates energy chords with candy vocal harmonies, whereas the a great deal of seems like a klezmer band with a saxophone as an different of a clarinet.
“All That,” on the a great deal of hand, is ready as earnest as Sparks accept, a paean to lasting cherish with a catchy melody that, if it went on actual a shrimp longer, might maybe maybe be the band’s “Hey Jude.”
“Sainthood Is Not in Your Future” seems like a huge understatement and “One for the Ages” is ready an accountant who needs to be an creator.
Most frequently, music and lyrics tag a natural affinity, like the angularity of the music of “Stravinsky’s Easiest Hit” or the formative years choir on the album closer, which asks of us to, ahem, no longer mess up our world.
“A Neatly-liked Drip, Drip, Drip” enhances Sparks’ acquire 22 situation as the Picassos of paintings rock, their most up-to-date resurgence proof of their irrepressible creativity and curiosity with no visible indicators of slowing down, even as the brothers unsettle into their 70s.