Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
FOR "#1 IN HEAVEN" FANS!!!
F. M. Moses | Blacklick, Ohio United States | 01/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes...Sparks have had their share of negative criticism ever since 1979's "No. 1 Song in Heaven," but somewhere in there was a wave of new fans built on stylish dance beats and classic Mael humour! "No. 1. Song in Heaven" was not an ending of the band, but a vision of things to come. ...and so came the weak follow-up album "Terminal Jive" which was popular in France, but even less respected than the previous album. In 1981, the band returned to basics with "Whomp That Sucker" adding four new members: Leslie Bohem, Bob Haag, David Kendrick and Mack. Sparks sounded as good as the "Propaganda" years! To follow the "Whomp" album, the Mael brothers + the band recorded: "Angst in My Pants," "...In Outer Space," "Pulling Rabbits Out of the Hat". "Music That You Can Dance To" featured the same line-up + Robert Mache (played only on "Fingertips). Though "Whomp That Sucker" was a great follow-up to the good ole six-band line-up since "Big Beat," the songs from "Music That You Can Dance To" sounded as if they were left-overs from the classic "No.1 in Heaven"...this time with a six-piece band. This album is very 80's, yet it resembles Sparks at their best...sarcastic, witty, & full of fun! Before surround-sound, there was Sparks! Though the title track sounds just like a top-40 hit ignored by the masses, the rest of the album is indeed Sparks. Come on, the band had no interest of making hits...that's why they've succeeded after all of these years!"Fingertips" a take from a Stevie Wonder hit sounds just like it was meant for Sparks. The rest of the album is just stereophonic madness!! For fans of Sparks' disco era, it's the best thing since "No. 1 Song in Heaven." For those who enjoyed the early years...the originality still shines! This album is recommended to both Sparks beginners as well as those who might have lost faith in the band.Yes...it is a "Best of Sparks" the MCA year(1986), but if you could have a Sparks album on your label just once, wouldn't you be proud?"
Not a best of...
Wikholm Anders | Sweden | 01/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...but one of the best Sparks records ever, stupidly mislabeled by the record company. Very electronic, symphonic, and sometimes outright weird. Not for the amazingly conservative fan who believes Sparks should stick to "rock n' roll" though. "Rock & Roll? I'm sorry, we don't do that anymore!" (Russell Mael, Nov 27. 1999, Shepards Bush Empire, London). They haven't done it since 1976..."
This is NOT the Best of Sparks!
Wikholm Anders | 06/21/1998
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This album is simply a repackaging of an album called 'Music That You Can Dance To", and is not one of Sparks' best efforts. This synthesizer-laden effort is best directed to die-hard fans that like those kind of tunes. Traditional Sparks fans who enjoy Sparks' rock and roll side will be very disappointed. Lastly, the usually hysterical lyrics are almost totally absent here."