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Main » 2010 » July » 6 » Sparks - Exotic Creatures Of The Deep (2008)
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Sparks - Exotic Creatures Of The Deep (2008)

Artist: Sparks
Album: Exotic Creatures Of The Deep
Year: 2008
Style:Indie Pop/Rock
Format: eac-ape[

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Well, they've done it again. I liked Lil'Beethoven. I loved Hello Young Lovers. I suspect I will soon be adoring Exotic Creatures of the Deep. It's a progression again, continuing the sound that the Mael's have defined over the last couple of records. There's humour, there's wit. There's catchy melodies and cleverly constructed meters. There's also a thematic sound. I'm not saying it all sounds the same, but almost like a concept album it's all coming from one place. The top layer is Russell's multi-tracked harmonies, like a choir of exotic angels, swooping through the repeating and repetitive rhythms of the lyrics. Below that is the beautifully constructed piano lines of Ron, counterbalancing his brother's melody. Then there's the sparse boom boom of tom-toms and the strains of cello in the bass, and violins through the treble.
The production is just beautiful, with an open and precise sound.
As with the last couple the biggest influence on the Mael sound (other than themselves) is Philip Glass, though there is also a heavy dose of Lou Reed in the Sprechgesang delivery of some of the verses. And I can also hear very clearly the influence of Brian Wilson's "Smile", especially in "The Director never yelled 'CUT!'" .

All in all, it is very easy to fall in love with this CD and it is destined never to recieve the acclaim or audience it deserves.

One point I would make is that the Special Edition (with Ron and Monkey on the cover) that I bought is anything BUT special. It's just a cheap cardboard sleeve for the CD and book, so assuming the regular edition has an actual CD case, I'd go for that one. And it's cheaper



01. Intro [0:01:02.07]
02. Good Morning [0:03:53.16]
03. Strange Animal [0:05:45.72]
04. I Can't Believe That You Would Fall For All The Crap In This Song [0:03:54.15]
05. Let The Monkey Drive [0:04:09.45]
06. Intro Reprise [0:00:24.25]
07. I've Never Been High [0:04:31.20]
08. (She Got Me) Pregnant [0:04:13.49]
09. Lighten Up, Morrissey [0:04:14.47]
10. This Is The Renaissance [0:03:45.38]
11. The Director Never Yelled 'Cut' [0:03:54.15]
12. Photoshop [0:04:01.69]
13. Likeable [0:06:13.74]

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Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 3 from 28. July 2007

EAC extraction logfile from 20. September 2008, 11:33

Sparks / Exotic Creatures Of The Deep

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