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SPARKS

hippopotamus

BMG



cd

Released: 8th Sep 2017

£9.99


lp + download

Released: 8th Sep 2017

£20.99


limited picture disc lp

Released: 8th Sep 2017

£35.99


a brilliantly energetic & vivid new record from the legendary art rockers - a set of miniature rock operas & theatrical pieces that make us welcome this band back with open arms.

This is the 23rd full-length studio release for the Los Angeles rock duo of Ron & Russell Mael & the first new material in eight years (not including their 2015 collaborative album with Franz Ferdinand under the name 'FFS'). At a time when everyone is making serious, analytic, highly politicised records of our time, Sparks have the courage to stay true to their glam selves & bring us some much needed escapism. If Sparks have never been on your radar but you're a fan of Franz Ferdinand, Field Music or Dutch Uncles, check them out. "exactly what you’d expect & more besides" 5/5 - record collector, "never anything less than wildly entertaining" 4/5 - mojo, "The Maels' spectrum of tried-and-true is wide & rich enough to provide no end of delights" 4/5 - uncut, "an admirable commitment to silliness" 4/5 - the line of best fit.  

hippopotamus

Tracklist

  1. Probably Nothing
  2. Missionary Position
  3. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
  4. Scandinavian Design
  5. Giddy Giddy
  6. What the Hell Is It This Time?
  7. unaware
  8. Hippopotamus
  9. Bummer
  10. I Wish You Were Fun
  11. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was the Play?
  12. When You're a French Director
  13. Amazing Mr. Repeat
  14. A Little Bit Like Fun
  15. Life With the Macbeths