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The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte


The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte

Latest release from the Los Angeles pop / rock duo Ron and Russell Mael now back on Island records for the first time since 1976

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  1. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    Six of 14 tracks add a full band enhancing Ron’s multiple, overdubbed, mostly electronic keyboards which keeps the sound fresh. But as usual, it’s the quirky songs and artful, casual, sometimes caffeinated presentation that makes Sparks’ music so refreshing in its own bespoke way
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  2. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    Another funny, sad, clever, stupid, artful, basic, beautiful journey into Sparks’ peculiarly well-crafted universe, resistant to external gridding, and a spectacular example of one of music’s most beguiling and bewildering bands
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  3. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    The brothers Mael are incorporating new sounds and concepts, whilst still sounding exactly like themselves. They’re a band we should all embrace
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Let’s be quite frank: if we’re not already crying into our lattes or other beverage of choice, then we probably should be, and let the soundtrack be Sparks
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Ron Mael's lyrics are elegiac, witty and forensically detailed; Russel Mael delivers them exquisitely and they specialise in ear worms. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    As always they are best when singing of brief encounters and regret. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Over half a century Sparks have amassed a vast, uneven discography, but album 26 is one of their very best so far. There’s nobody else like the Mael brothers and we’re lucky to have them
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    The art-pop purveyors continue their streak of delightful strange and imaginative vignettes with their 26th release
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    Only Ron and Russell Mael could have made this album, and while they've always done what they needed and wanted to do as artists, it's extra satisfying that this peak in their popularity coincides with music this vibrantly engaging
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  10. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    The Mael brothers are riding high. Their 26th album strikes the ideal Sparksian balance of madcap melody, labyrinthine arrangement, and stinging social satire
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  11. 7.0 |   Clash

    Far from dipping into past glories, the Mael brothers continue their storied run on a stylish, impactful record that illuminates their continued engagement with the wonder of the pop song
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  12. 7.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    There’s a lot of emphasis on pop music when discussing Sparks, but it’s not out of the question to simply define their latest release as purely music, given the massive spread of instrumentation and influences. It’s music made by music lovers
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  13. 7.0 |   The Irish Times

    The LA duo’s 26th album follows their musical film Annette, but behind the pomp and theatrics and absurdity is a firm grounding in reality
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