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New Tracks, my impressions

 
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SteveBoyce
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject: New Tracks, my impressions Reply with quote

Hippopotamus - the only really outstanding track of the four imo. Touched by genius, but a mistake as a single.
Piaf and Missionary - both really good songs
What the Hell - Ok but nothing special for me

I think as always with Sparks 90% of people will not hear what is lying behind, but 10% of people will be touched by it.
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deadcalm
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hippopotamus could be some huge hit if written with kids in mind... its almost like a nursery rhyme... it gets into your head no doubt about that... bit of a novelty like "Here comes Bob" ..

What the hell is a crack at a stadium anthem.. my least fav of the four...

Edith Piaf I like.. Might get into the french charts. like to hear a french version...

Missionary is a throwback song . Guitar rip at the end reminds me of a Propaganda, Indiscreet track...
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TommyGun
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think what the hell.. has a Big Beat vibe to it, i dont think its Bad but would perhaps be better if it was a minute shorter.

Edith Piaf is lovely and catchy and Thats that.

Hippo is a weird but very enjoyable blend of ffs and hyl. I Love it!

Missionary is probably my favourite so far, reminded me of Police encounters or indeed Propaganda/indiscreet

So much for my thoughts
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lemonjellydude
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hippopotamus is a fantastic track, great comeback for them and the album cover is amazing.
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ETJOHNS
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: New Tracks, my impressions Reply with quote

I have to agree with Steve and deadcalm re Hippopotamus as a misstep as a single. I don't think I would be alone among Sparks fans, along with the general public in saying "What the @$!...". It could break new ground for them into music for children (notice I don't say children's music, as that implies "lesser than" & not as good) by lightening it up a little bit, a new era from "Who Don't Like Kids?" I will say I am grateful to the Maels for their inclusion of culture and history in their songs. I would never have learned about Tsui Hark, Edith Piaf, and the play Titus Andronicus if it wasn't for them. In this way I have been a kid on their lap, and one of great things about Sparks is their humor and unashamedness in putting juvenile and fun elements in their songs, that are ok to love as a grownup. I am last person to want them to stop having fun (because that would be end of their greatness & who they are).

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De Sade
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hippo - definitely a grower. Catchy yes, but to be honest it's not really pop or rock, is it? A children's song with Hieronymus Bosch and 'taking the piss in it?!? Impossible to pigeonhole as ever
What the hell? - Okay. probably a good live song with its title asking to be sang back
Edith Piaf - I like this one but nothing outstanding
Missionary position - My favourite so far, but that's because it does sound much like track from Propaganda, or FFS
I'm enjoying the rocky sound of the band; just hope they are to the fore on the album too
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allydodd
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In that ageing Glaswegian concert hall, it felt like Sparks were tickling us with hook after hook, bombarding us with treasure after treasure from their mysterious musical box.

Amazing vocals and brilliant songwriting is what we've come to demand from Sparks albums. Evidently, there's going to be much, much more.

Hippopotamus is indeed crazily eccentric and spirited Sparks. Ron is the Salvador Dali of the pop world, and there's a good chance someone's coined this phrase before me.

What the Hell is it This Time? Contrasting gravity of the subject matter with some more playful verses, its got quite a dramatic undercurrent.

Fallen love with Edith Piaf!!!

Missionary Position again beautiful vocals and music.. a magical touch to what could be a crude subject. Listening to the song itself is a nighttime pleasure in itself... an infectious one but in the right way...

Such a contrast of contenders for singles excites in me the certainty that this is going to be an incredible album. Optimistic that Edith Piaf Said it Better could be a huge hit in lots of places. If I'd chanced upon Missionary Position on the crackly radio, I would have assumed it was a massive hit from a hit musical.
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Turtle152
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

allydodd wrote:
... an infectious one but in the right way...


I hope it's just their song that is infectious!
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allydodd
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turtle152 wrote:
allydodd wrote:
... an infectious one but in the right way...


I hope it's just their song that is infectious!


Ha ha Ha! A good morning is when a catchy sparks song is incessantly running through my mind. All the better when its brand new and sounds like a No1!
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Careless Man
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hippopotamus - Catchy tune but not an obvious single for me. When I tell people that I am going to a Sparks concert all they ever say is "Oh yes I remember This town." This single will not change that stereotypical attitude for non believers unfortunately.

What the hell is it this time? - Good strong song with a very catchy chorus but not a Sparks "classic" still light years ahead of most of the rubbish going around just now.

Edith Piaf - Wonderful song, one of the classic Sparks songs that you know the very first time you hear it that it is something very, very special. Clearly shows that talent like this only comes along once in a lifetime and I am very privileged to be one who appreciates it.

The Missionary Position - One of the best Sparks songs ever, up there with anything from Kimono, Propaganda and Indiscreet and that is saying something.
As soon as I heard this in Glasgow I was hooked and have played it almost non stop since. It has everything that a Sparks song should have, catchy chorus, falsetto vocals, crashing guitars, Ron's unique keyboard sound all building to a massive crescendo, I can't praise this highly enough and am delighted to see the guys go back to their roots.
This would make a killer single and deserves to get the chance to be heard by the masses.

Can't wait to hear the rest of this album, if these tracks are anything to go by it will be huge.
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freeke
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Careless Man pretty much summed up my feelings about the new tracks in the previous post.

Hippopotamus is a fun track, but it sits right in the middle of the album, and I very much doubt it gives away much about the album as a whole.

What The Hell......? Like the title track, it's modern-day Sparks. Basically, it's a one-chord song, but cleverly done. I almost get the feeling these two tracks represent the direction that interests the brothers the most.

Edith Piaf. Russell's look when he sang: "my hunch was right". Magic. Could be a hit somewhere.

Missionary Position. Well, it's just great. Obviously, R&R try hard to stay current, and all that, and then they write a song like this, and everyone including me goes "It's classic Kim/Prop/Ind- Sparks. Bottom line, it's a QUALITY song.
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mael22
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:20 pm    Post subject: New Tracks, my impreressions Reply with quote

ron mael is my god !i dont like to judge , but i just hope every song doesnt start with piano intro .
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