9 June 2008

Sparks: Balls

Sparks' 21 concert marathon started drawing to a close with Balls from 2000, their 18th album.

Balls was some five years after their previous album of original material, Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins, but it has much the same feel to is. Which is a good thing!

Performed live, the songs bounced along happily like a primary school outing, but without adults in charge to anybody from being too silly.

This was the first time that I had heard most of these songs but, as with Music you can dance to, several of the tracks stood out on a first listen.

One of the most memorable songs was It's a Knockoff, originally written for a Jean Claude Van Damme film, which is hardly the most auspicious genesis for a pop song.

I'll soon know all the songs a lot better as I've just ordered the album from Amazon!

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