Angst in My Pants

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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
Although mired in a rut of merely "good" albums, Sparks had offered occasional glimpses of their old greatness on each, fanning the dim hope that they might climb again to previous heights. The faithful were rewarded with Angst in My Pants, the first album in years (and, sadly, the last) that puts their pop genius to good use. The differences between this album and the inferior Whomp That Sucker are subtle but important. First, the material is much better (OK, that's not so subtle). Second, the band is brought up in the mix at the expense of the synthesizer, and the result feels more like their old power pop than the new wave/disco sound of recent efforts. Lastly, Russell...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
Although mired in a rut of merely "good" albums, Sparks had offered occasional glimpses of their old greatness on each, fanning the dim hope that they might climb again to previous heights. The faithful were rewarded with Angst in My Pants, the first album in years (and, sadly, the last) that puts their pop genius to good use. The differences between this album and the inferior Whomp That Sucker are subtle but important. First, the material is much better (OK, that's not so subtle). Second, the band is brought up in the mix at the expense of the synthesizer, and the result feels more like their old power pop than the new wave/disco sound of recent efforts. Lastly, Russell Mael's voice is lower; he still hits the high notes on occasion, but for the most part this is an album of pop songs you can actually sing along with (and the lyric sheet, while provided, isn't necessary this time). Still pegged as a novelty act, the colorless "I Predict" was selected as the album's single; "Eaten By the Monster of Love" didn't catch on with radio stations, but it's a much better representative of the album. Other highlights include the wonderfully silly "Moustache," a Beach Boys send-up in "Sextown U.S.A.," and the strange but sympathetic love song "Sherlock Holmes." Throughout the record, Sparks succeeds not by pushing a pipe full of music through a thin straw (as they did on classics like Propaganda) but by giving their ideas the space they need to succeed. As a result, it's not an overwhelming record, simply an ingratiating one. Unfortunately, the subsequent Sparks in Outer Space returned to the mechanical pace of their post-disco product, which makes Angst in My Pants a warm exception within Sparks' protracted creative cold spell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2002
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910476024
  • Catalog Number: 4760
  • Sales rank: 58,209

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sparks Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Leslie Bohem Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Bob Haag Guitar, Background Vocals
David Kendrick Drums
Mack Synthesizer
Ron Mael Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals
Russell Mael Vocals
James Goodwin Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Brian Gardner Mastering
Mack Programming, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Ron Mael Artwork
Larry Vigon Art Direction
Larry Vignon Cover Design
Bert Hülpüsch Redesign
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