Albums of the Year No.5: Sparks - Hippopotamus

Tadders, my best friend, is a massive Sparks fan. In 2008 she went to 21 gigs by Sparks over the course of a month as they played one of their albums each night in chronological order.

At the time I wasn't sure what the fuss was about. Apart from "This town ain't big enough for the both of us" I couldn't name another Sparks track.

I became more interested after their collaboration with Franz Ferdinand in 2015. And then the new tracks from Hippopotamus started playing on BBC 6 Music.

The album has a definitive Sparks sound and the tracks have a quirkiness that made it a highly enjoyable album.


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