A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

Sparks - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2020 Ratings: #106 / 710
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Based on 145 ratings
2020 Ratings: #740
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May 15, 2020 / Release Date
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Two-dozen albums in, Sparks provide pleasing surprises. Unquestionably, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip is one of their most dynamic — and strongest — efforts.

The Line of Best Fit

Sparks’ avant-garde tradition is freshly lacquered on A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, a track record injected with further potency during dystopic times. Jaunty melodies juxtapose with typical wryly wrought themes, levity undercut with social critique - the brothers’ inimitable style at its finest on an album that represents one of their most prescient and much needed.

At times, it's a work of genius...
The warmth, wit and bravado with which they deliver even the harshest sentiments are enduring qualities that remain keenly appreciated, especially by those of us who suspect this world did little to deserve Sparks in the first place.
American Songwriter

For longtime fans, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip is just another impressive notch in Sparks’ ever expanding career belt. But newcomers can come aboard here, then work themselves back through nearly five decades of similarly ecstatic, challenging and generally delightful Sparks music, most of it well worth hearing.

The Independent
For all the surreal and light-hearted examinations of under-explored pop-song subjects such as Stravinsky and lawnmowers, there are hugely poignant moments, too, in songs like “The Existential Threat”. It is an album as multi-faceted as it is innovative. And that’s Sparks to a tee.

While it’s not better than Hippopotamus, their latest work is just as hilarious, and just as focused.


Throughout A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, Ron and Russel Mael riff on their history deftly, and the results are both timely and quintessentially Sparks.

The Telegraph

A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip is packed with more clever, satirical observations of everyday life that somehow blend the extravagant flamboyance of operatic showtunes with baroque electro pop.

The Arts Desk
Arch rhymes and secreted emotion from veteran LA ironists.
Arguably a tad more downtrodden and straightforward than its predecessor, the album is yet another remarkable testament to Sparks' enduring appeal and quality.
Q Magazine
No band should by rights sound as sharp, melodic and funny more than 50 years into their career. But Sparks are no ordinary band.
It's all carried off with the panache and confidence of a group making their first, not 24th, album.
Spectrum Culture

A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip offers nearly everything one could want from a Sparks record circa-2020.

The Young Folks

Throughout A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, performance is critical for your enjoyment of a track. The Mael brothers are undoubtedly talented, and the moments when they stop proving to us that they are so are moments when their songs can naturally unfold and flourish.

FLOOD Magazine

After all this time together, Sparks prove that they’ll always have something new and bracing up their sleeves.

Classic Rock

Even if quality levels wobble in places, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip is still a heartening example of a truly original band who continue to enjoy success on their own unique terms by refining and amplifying their youthful weirdness instead of mellowing with age.

Rolling Stone
Their 24th LP can be madcap and zany ("Self-Effacing"), darkly hilarious ("I'm Toast"), and just plain weird ("Onomato Pia").
Rainbow cum gang!

Sparks are a band that have always, and I mean ALWAYS had a fascination with. From the goofy lyrical content, to the Devo-esq instrumentation, the wacky combination of the pencil mustache stylings of Ron Mael and the vocal talents of Russell Mael, and just how weird and out there Sparks have been in their whopping 25 album career.

But that's one of the biggest reasons I haven't gotten into them. 25 records! I think i'd die before I listen to every record Sparks have been ... read more
This feels like someone trying to make an album in the style of They Might Be Giants but they've never heard a single They Might Be Giants album beforehand
Never really got this pair, hope they're enjoying what they do.

Because that would at least guarantee someone is enjoying what they do.

I listened to this album while riding to work on a tram in Warsaw.
Somehow I felt like I'm back in the late 80s surrounded by grey, concrete blocks of flats.

Maybe I'm just a sucker for anything nostalgic this days but this music is a pure joy to me.
The very wild and goofiness of this album is not really for me.

Best Track: Please Don't Fuck Up My World
Worst Track: One for the Ages
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Track List

  1. All That
  2. I'm Toast
  3. Lawnmower
  4. Sainthood Is Not in Your Future
  5. Pacific Standard Time
  6. Stravinsky's Only Hit
  7. Left Out in the Cold
  8. Self-Effacing
  9. One for the Ages
  10. Onomato Pia
  11. iPhone
  12. The Existential Threat
  13. Nothing Travels Faster Than the Speed of Light
  14. Please Don't Fuck up My World
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Added on: January 27, 2020