Wednesday, May 20, 2009


indiscreetIn the '70s and '80s, Sparks' American fans couldn't understand why the Mael brothers weren't as big in the United States as they were in England. "Why don't more of our fellow Americans realize just how great these guys are?" was the question that Sparks addicts in the U.S. often found themselves asking. Whatever the reason, British audiences really connected with Sparks' goofy, insanely clever lyrics -- and the fact that Russell Mael sings like he could be an eccentric upper-class Englishman (although he was born and raised in Los Angeles) probably didn't hurt.

Indiscreet, which was the Mael brothers' third (and last)album for Island and their fifth album overall, was released in 1975 and later re-released with three bonus tracks. The album is state-of-the-art Sparks completing a trilogy of sorts that began with Kimono My House. The power pop melodies are consistently infectious, and the lyrics are as humorous as one expects Sparks lyrics to be -- gems like "Pineapple," "Happy Hunting Ground," "Tits," and "Get in the Swing" will easily appeal to those who like to think of Russell and Ron Mael as the pop/rock equivalent of Monty Python's Flying Circus. With this album, as with any Sparks release, you can't JUST listen to the music. you can't JUST listen to the words. You have to take everything in at the same time or you're going to miss something really fun! "Indiscreet" combines the whimsy humour of Sparks' first four albums and creates the foundation for years to come. I keep putting up Sparks stuff every once in a while hoping to turn a new generation into Sparks fans and if I don't succeed well they're the ones missing out. Can't say I didn't try.

Get in the Swing
The Lady is Lingering
Buy It

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