A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

Sparks - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #36 / 268
User Score
Based on 95 ratings
2020 Ratings: #244
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May 15, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Two-dozen albums in, Sparks provide pleasing surprises. Unquestionably, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip is one of their most dynamic — and strongest — efforts.

90
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.

90
Clash
At times, it's a work of genius...
80
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.

80
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.
80
musicOMH

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

80
AllMusic

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

80
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.

70
FLOOD Magazine

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

PipePanic
79
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
Valeyard
85
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.
TreyLikesBands
82
Great

The Mael brothers are BACK as one of the most versatile rock groups of all time. Even though most of the tracks drag on for a little more than desired, the bulk of “A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip” is super inventive, always clever, and just plain fun. I’m so glad that they haven’t burnt out yet, and are still endlessly creative.

Color: Yellow
FAV TRACKS: all except least fav!
LEAST FAV: Sainthood Is Not In Your Future, One for the Ages
Doofy
NR
Never really got this pair, hope they're enjoying what they do.

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

NR
wless
84
a steady drip, drip, drip is eccentric, smartly-written, and overall a blast to listen to, but at times it definitely feels like it's a little long-winded. however, with lyrics this entertaining, it doesn't really matter a whole lot. "i'm toast," "stravinsky's only hit," "left out in the cold," and "the existential threat" are all highlights.
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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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