Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Amateur Hour

Hearing a large portion of the Sparks catalogue in succession after a long hiatus, I'm tempted to make grand statements about the impossible brilliance of the songs. Specifically, what caught my mind this time was that the lyrics are surely some of the finest ever recorded, not only featuring one of the most mordant senses of humour in popular song, but being the embodiment of a lifetime's worth of frustration and bitterness. The thought that life can always be more unfair than you perceive it -- how nonchalantly it is all put to a glorious melody and beat.