"After two unknown but incredible albums, Sparks found its audience with three of the best glam/pop/rock/uncategorizable albums of the period (mid-'70s). After drifting off to other less interesting (to me) genres (mostly dance music), Sparks made a stunning return to form with this album. "Don't Shoot Me" would have been right at home on either of the first two albums, and the rest on albums 3-5 (Kimono My House, Propaganda, Indiscreet). If you were a fan during the Kimono-Indiscreet period, but missed this one, it's time to enlarge your collection."
Luv'n this CD all over again...
ZenPenguin | Los Angeles | 11/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I used to listen to this in Jr High. On a whim I bought it again, and now, 20 years later, it still is one great album. The music, far from being one dimensional, has complex keyboard and guitar interaction and several layers of subdued counterpoint. The song topics are trivial (nay, dumb); and yet the lyrics are sublime and speak volumes. The best I can sum up this album is that it is the antithesis of most post Gen-X music: Instead of mediocre musicians taking themselves way too seriously, these are phenomenal musicians reveling in the absurd. Brilliant."
F. M. Moses | Blacklick, Ohio United States | 01/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those fans who loved "Propaganda," "Whomp That Sucker" brings back all the fun! Like 74's "Propaganda," there is never a dull moment! But, unlike "Propaganda," the "Whomp..." album doesn't carry its age as well. In fact, it is hard to ignore that this album came straight from the 80's with the over-layered synthesizers on the tracks "Funny Face" and "I Married a Martian," but after the few boring releases such as "Introducing Sparks" (which still deserves to be re-issued) and "Terminal Jive," this album is like a jolt of electricity to the brain. If any listener can get through these tracks without at least one laugh, I give them my sympathy!The Bohem + Haag + Kendrick + Mack back-up band do the Mael brothers about as much justice as 74's Diamond + Hampton + Fischer + White line-up. Although a few of the tracks sound over-synthesized..."Whomp That Sucker" could have any listener fooled that there ever was a disco-era. "That's Not Natassia," "Don't Shoot Me" & "Suzie Safety" deserve a place in Sparks discography -- some of the most humorous moments of the Mael brothers' recent history. "Whomp That Sucker" is fun from the beginning, as "Tips for Teens" reveals: "Don't eat that ice-cream/is it vanilla/give it to me/Don't eat that pastry/what's in the middle/give it to me." In fact, this remains one of Sparks most humorous albums up to date. Though its 80's flair might make a few listeners chuckle...the album is worth every dollar you pay for it!"
A GREAT ALBUM
William Meisel | Jacksonville, FL | 01/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"From the first few measures of the album: "I've got a snapshot of your Aunt Maureen, she's 90 and you're a teen, I'm trying to cheer you up, don't be so mean! Don't be so mean!", you know you are in for something good.
Many years ago, a friend told me I would like SPARKS, based on the music he already knew I liked. He made me a casette of selected songs, but for some reason, it didn't impress me at the time. But now, I find this album irresistible. My favorite songs are probably TIPS FOR TEENS, THE WILLIES ( a brilliant idea for a song ) and WACKY WOMEN, but there really isn't a bad song on the album. Russel's falsetto singing may take a little getting used to, but it doesn't sound that different from the other things you heard flying around in the early 80s. Recommended."