Unusual debut filters Difford & Tillbrook through John Cale
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 06/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though their subsequent albums would take a more staid approach to pop music, this debut is perhaps Squeeze's most interesting effort. Having dismissed the songs they brought to the studio, producer John Cale forced songwriters Difford & Tillbrook to compose a new album on the fly. The result is less highly polished than subsequent releases, but it's filled with a liveliness that would never again be this evident.Cale's production, and the band's arrangements, have a great deal more edge to them than subsequent recordings. The energy of 1978 brings something of a Boomtown Rats' snap to Difford & Tillbrooks fantastically melodic pop.Followup LPs focussed more on the pop songwriting and dropped the utter quirkiness of this debut. Which is too bad, as the combination sums to more than the parts."
globalove | BIG APPLE | 08/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"UK squeezes first and best album - punk new wave period before they became a mellow sappy soft rock band - disregard that critical review unless you do not like new wave of the late seventies."