2018 – 2020
A subtle grower with just a whiff of “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’?” about it, both in subject matter and feel. It’s the age old story, funnily enough, of the shy guy in accountancy fantasising about his literary masterpiece and subsequent acclaim. Lacks a bit of intensity, build up and diversity, but a compelling tune nevertheless.
In this age of CORVID-19, this came into our lives out of the blue. Unexpectedly apt but morbidly hilarious. The dirty crunchy guitars and oh so catchy and deceptively simple melodies carry you along until the fabulous ‘ba ba ba babum’ sections. Initially, it feels a little downbeat, but the more you play it, the merrier it gets. ‘Alexa, get me out of this place’ indeed.
The latest glimpse into this year’s album, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip – out May 15th. Total bouncer with a touch of old seventies Sparks mixed in. Na na na chorusing to boot. Overdoing the self-effacing is the joke here, with a litany of faux modesty such as, ‘I’m less a Rolls Royce and more minivan.’
The first glimpse into the new album, and a sombre one it is. Released just before Christmas 2019, it’s sobering message is a timely reflection on the downward spiralling mess we all feel a part of. Complete with orchestral interlude and children’s chorus, there’s no getting away from the fact that even Sparks can feel the chill running through the world, both environmentally and politically. Great melody though!
From the soundtrack to the film ‘Damsel.’ ‘My heart is heavy now…” Very short, mostly a capella song of leaving, culminating in some yearning yodelling, with strings fading in towards the end as the voice fades out. Awwww.