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Album Review: Sparks - Hippopotamus
Graham Clark, Features Writer
If you thought Sparks were resting on their laurels, think again as they have returned with an inventive, melodic and compelling album.

Who else could come up with song titles such as What The He'll Is It This Time?, When You're A French Director and The Amazing Mr Repeat?

If you remember the duo for their big hits in the 1970's this is still Sparks and you can tell it is them straight away, but they have added a modern twist.

The album starts off with Probably Nothing, a short track which sets up the album, though it has a minimal backing it has that melodic grasp that Sparks have.

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If they changed the title of the next track, Missionary Position they might have a big hit on their hands. The melody is as good as This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both of Us and shows that they are still on top form.

The first single off the album Edith Piaf (Said it Better Than Me) is another hook laden track with again a melody you can't get out of your head.

They have a very theatrical feel to some of the songs. You could see several of them fitting into musicals, especially the song Giddy Giddy and the title track of the album Hippopotamus.

At over 15 tracks long it could have done with a little trimming towards the end of the album but nevertheless it is a superb return.

The band are playing some UK shows, the nearest they get to Yorkshire is at The Ritz in Manchester on 22 September but the gig is not surprisingly, sold out.

I give the album 3 out of 5

Album Review: Sparks - Hippopotamus, 7th September 2017, 9:09 AM