Sparks: Hello Young Lovers

PUBLISHED: 10:57 09 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 May 2010

An artist s 20th album tends to be an unlistenable stodge of their hits with the inspiration that made them great strained out. Can you imagine what Oasis 20th oeuvre will sound like? Ugh. May I recommend, then, a serving of Sparks. This vaudevillian sho

An artist's 20th album tends to be an unlistenable stodge of their hits with the inspiration that made them great strained out.

Can you imagine what Oasis' 20th oeuvre will sound like? Ugh. May I recommend, then, a serving of Sparks.

This vaudevillian showcase is bound to clear any blockage, keeping ears engaged and brain on its toes.

Synth-strings, driving guitar, Queen-like vocal harmonies, ups, downs, twists, turns and engagingly humorous songwriting combine to make a beguilingly complex yet accessible aural assault. And that's just the opening track.

The Darkness' cheesy pomp is exposed as a paper-thin farce against this truly ostentatious work.

Guaranteed to relieve musical gut rot. 4/5

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