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Squeeze, Cradle to the Grave (Universal Records)




Squeeze, Cradle to the Grave (Universal Records)
CD Reviews: October 22, 2015

10/22/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Yup, this is the same British band that did “Pulling Mussels (from the Shell)” in the early 1980s, when amiable but poor Beatles impersonations could get rubber-stamped record deals if only in the hope of warding off the angriest corps of the post-punk crowd. It’s incredible to think that these guys have had since 1998 — and about 50 “hot new genre” renaissances — to come up with something they haven’t done yet, something that couldn’t immediately be stamped with a “faux-jazz-twee-pop” tag, but things could be worse I suppose. That’s not to say we’re in great shape here, especially since the jump-off title track is “Mussels” wearing a fake beard, but there are some pretty coherent songwriting moments on things like “Nirvana” (despite — or maybe because of — the sitar), “Happy Days” (despite the mummified 1970s-radio references) and “Top of the Form” (despite its Nick Cave-style intro). A solid record with strong tunes that would have done well in 1993, maybe, but no harm or foul regardless.






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