Sparks, there´s no band like them. Ron and Russell Mael have been together for 45 years now, releasing 23 studio albums and once in a while, do something remarkable like the 21 night Sparks Spectacular show in London (2008) where they performed each of their 21 albums in chronological order. Each night they performed an album in it´s entirety.
In 2009, the brothers went pop opera with the radio musical "The seduction of Ingmar Bergman" and in 2015, they collaborated with Franz Ferdinand and released an album as FFS.
But in 2017, they´re back as Sparks, the way we´re used to hear them.
With a mix of both the old and the new, "Hippopotamus" has elements of the classical-influences in their albums "Lil´ Beethoven" and "Hello Young Lovers" and the artpop of their 70´s albums "Kimono My House" and "Propaganda".
The new album is wonderfully artistic, entertaining, charming and packed with enough pop-goods to fill an oil tanker. Best tracks : "Edith Piaf (said it better than me)", "The amazing Mr.Repeat", "Hippopotamus" and "Missionary position".