Quite the disappointment
M. Chapman | Australia | 09/10/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this album after much searching on Amazon.
The reason I hunted it down was that it had a song, "Big Brass Ring" which I originally heard on the Plagiarism album. I should have realised that along with the rest of the re-worked songs on that set, that the original would not sound at all familiar ... and it doesn't unfortunately.
This is a rather poor effort for a band which is capable of high quality, humerous and often funky music."
Reissued but not 'expanded'
Daniel W. Kelly | Long Island, NY United States | 10/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"great to have this piece of late 80s synthpop rereleased, but calling it 'expanded' is an exaggeration. These 15 tracks are the SAME EXACT tracks that are on the original release..."
Probably the worst Sparks album ever
M Elliott | 11/24/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm an unashamed Sparks fan but in this album they sound like a sad shaddow of their normal original selves. The songs feel thin in production and the electronic edge lacks the sort of originality that one sensed in "No One Song In Heaven" (which I never really liked but could appreciate for those who like that sort of synth-rock)
It feels like they were trying to get back a bit of their 1970s sound but without giving up the euro-pop feel. And the result falls between two stools and simply doesn't really work.
It's only an album to buy for completeness if you're a diehard fan and feel so inclined.