Sparks: Hello Young Lovers

Brothers Ron and Russell Mael formed Sparks 36 years ago and “Hello Young Lovers” is their 20th studio album, many critics say their best too although I don’t own enough of the alternatives to have an opinion on that. Sparks do however remain to steer clear of the normal pop conventions with their own quirky style. Most songs are piano led and feature a lot of orchestration. Strains of many of the bands they have influenced such as Depeche Mode, New Order can be heard throughout the album as well as a clear Pet Shop Boys sound during “The Very Next Fight”.