apparently this is one of the worst received sparks albums (i'm struggling to remember what the wikipedia article said), but i actually really really liked this one! we're getting russell's falsetto, an amazing blend of heavy guitars, synthesizers, and a plethora of other instruments and voices, and cheeky lyrics as always :3 i can understand why people don't like this compared to other sparks albums, but that's all in the context of the time. if you take it out of the fact that it's not really as innovative as early sparks and it's very similar to what has already been made, it's a well-made album ! just ignore the haters and it's amazing.
faves: madonna (french version specifically. russell speaking french makes me feel things. but also the other ones are stunning), so important (even the remix is good), lots of reasons (there's lots of reasons why i'm after you hahahaha, this song feels so halfnelson, just with synths!!!!!), just got back from heaven (it took him 14 years, but he finally got back after "here in heaven"), you got a hold of my heart (i think it's neat), love-o-rama (waiting to feel his love so i can know... i love the overlaid vocals) i was only able to listen to this a couple times, but from what i heard all of them were really good!
this cover is interesting, it definitely feels like it's right out of a magazine. still very kant. can't really say they're doing much interior design though... from all that i can see in the room the design is mid tbh. those drapes are horrible (probably fudged live action cat in the hat reference). very california, very mid-century post-war modern architecture in the back.