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PeterE
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

german Musikexpress rates 4 out of 5 stars
(plus there is a section with four questions answered by R&R)

maybe this will be the Sparks album with the best ratings ever..!!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

8 out of 10 in Mojo Magazine (October issue), with a brilliant final sentence: 'Two hundred years from now, the dictionary entry for brilliantly eccentric pop will remain the same: Sparks'

There's also a six page interview ...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's the album of the month in The Record Collector
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also a free to enter competition to win a Hippo bundle
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://diffuser.fm/sparks-hippopotamus-review/

Sparks remain a genuine treasure in this world of manual evacuation passed off as popular music.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 stars in Q
It's a shame so many people seem not to 'get' the lyrics
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it s 8 out of 10

in german OX magazine !

( the majority of the reviews are still more than positive ...
who cares about the few who do not understand...)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Falter from Austria prefers the new album to FFS:


Nach einem mäßig inspirierten Projekt mit Franz Ferdinand („FFS“) legen die ewigen Pop-Aliens Russell und Ron Mael hier ein tolles Spätwerk vor, auf dem sie neben typisch schrägen textlichen Ansätzen („Probably No­thing“ thematisiert auf rührende und witzige Art Altersvergesslichkeit) endlich wieder mit Melodien und Leichtigkeit auftrumpfen. „Scandinavian Design“ hat das Zeug zur Bobo-Hymne: „I’ve got nothing, just a table and two chairs / But they’re beautiful and I just stand and stare“.

sorry bobo is mentioned, that creature is just ...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If its on the same level as the FFS one i will be more than pleased.. I have revisited that one this week and it still gives me a really good buzz.. amazed it did not go mega chartwise its so brilliant.
Only a week to go now before the release
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

again 8 out of 10 !

https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/reviews/albums/sparks-hippopotamus
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://brightonsfinest.com/html/index.php/music/2740-sparks-hippopotamus

the author has maybe sort of mixed feelings ...


but his describtion of the album makes it most likely it might become one
of my all time favorite Sparks albums!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reviewer above, clearly not Brighton's finest, seems to have really conservative taste in music and assumes everyone else is the same. Reminds me of "Liutenant Steve" from Good Morning, Vietnam. 🙂
Still, it's interesting to read all kinds of reviews, and this review tells me it's a really good album.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PeterE wrote:
https://brightonsfinest.com/html/index.php/music/2740-sparks-hippopotamus

the author has maybe sort of mixed feelings ...


but his describtion of the album makes it most likely it might become one
of my all time favorite Sparks albums!!!


It doesn't seem to have been written by a native English speaker, that's for sure!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://luminousdash.com/portfolio-items/sparks-hippopotamus/

a dutch review
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.northerntransmissions.com/album-review/sparks-hippopotamus/

a lot of details about the album here...

a very moderate rating unfortunately ...though
the reviewer states the album is maybe sometimes over the top ...
maybe it is a case of being overwhelmed

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.plattentests.de/forum.php?topic=90355&seite=1
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.intro.de/popmusik/sparks-hippopotamus

another german review

it says "in small portions it is delightful, but it is an overdose
as an album"

so I will get an overdose on friday ...
"medic, medic there goes my athletics!"
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.maximumvolumemusic.com/review-sparks-hippopotamus-2017/


another superb review

9,5 out of 10


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.teleschau.de/tsch/Artikel/322359_sparks-hippopotamus-die-missionarsstellung-nilpferde-und-andere-skurrilitaten/

another very good review from Germany
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

8 out of 10

http://www.undertheradarmag.com/reviews/sparks_hippopotamus/
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