Review: Evening Standard

Evening Standard Sparks still fly for duo By David Smyth GIG REVIEW: Sparks at the Royal Festival Hall, 19/10/02 With Queen already established in the West End, and efforts by Madness and Rod Stewart soon to come, it is surely only a matter of time before someone comes up with a musical based on the… Read More

Review: 1 Nov. 2002 The Guardian

THE GUARDIAN Home entertainment Sparks Interview by Will Hodgkinson Friday November 1, 2002 “This is our selection,” says Ron Mael, the pencil-moustachioed half of Sparks, gesturing to an empty CD rack. “This is what we were listening to when we made the record.” He’s referring to Lil’ Beethoven, Ron and Russell Mael’s 19th album, which… Read More

Review: UNCUT

UNCUT Double visionaries Kooks who pre-empted synthpop go neo-classical after 2000’s lacklustre Balls Sparks LIL’ BEETHOVEN *** This is SPARKS 19th album, the follow-up proper to 1994’s Gratuitous Sax..,, and one might be forgiven for saying ‘So what?”, since their work after their 1970s heyday has am-acted mostly cult attention. The surprise with Lil Beethoven… Read More

Review: The Times (London)

TIMES 19 October 2002 Music profile: Sparks – Already into their fourth decade as the odd couple of synth-pop, the influence of Ron and Russell Mael is finally being recognized, explains Stephen Dalton ANYONE who lost their pop virginity in Seventies Britain still has a soft spot for Sparks. Ron and Russell Mael were the… Read More