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Sparks - Hippopotamus Album

Sparks - Hippopotamus Album
Performer: Sparks
Title: Hippopotamus
Released: 08 Sep 2017
Label: BMG
Country: Europe
Style: New Wave, Pop Rock, Synth-pop
Catalog #: 538279760
Genre: Electro / Rock / Pop
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 126
Formats: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold Cover
FLAC size: 1828 mb
MP3 size: 2479 mb


1The Amazing Mr. Repeat
2Probably Nothing
3What The Hell Is It This Time?
4A Little Bit Like Fun
5Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
7When You're A French Director (feat. Leos Carax)
Vocals [additional], Accordion – Leos Carax
8Giddy Giddy
9Missionary Position
10Life With The Macbeths
Vocals [additional] – Rebecca Sjöwall
11So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play?
14I Wish You Were Fun
15Scandinavian Design


  • DesignGalen Johnson
  • DrumsDean Menta (tracks: C2), Steve Nistor (tracks: A1 to C1, C3 to D4)
  • Guitar, BassDean Menta
  • Lacquer Cut BySJ
  • ManagementSue Harris
  • Mastered ByBill Inglot, Dave Schulz
  • Photography ByElaine Stocki, Elaine Stocki
  • Words By, Music By, Producer, Arranged By, KeyboardsRon Mael
  • Words By, Music By, Producer, Arranged By, VocalsRussell Mael


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
538279760Sparks Hippopotamus ‎(2xLP + 7", S/Sided)BMG538279760Europe2017
538279612Sparks Hippopotamus ‎(CD, Album, Unofficial)BMG 538279612Russia2017
538279612Sparks Hippopotamus ‎(CD, Album)BMG538279612Europe2017
538279612Sparks Hippopotamus ‎(CD, Album)BMG538279612Europe2017
538287918Sparks Hippopotamus ‎(Cass, Album)BMG538287918Europe2017


Includes two printed innersleeves with lyrics and sticked download code on first one.

2017 P&C BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
Made in the EU


  • Barcode: 4 050538 279764
  • Label Code: LC19813
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 1): BH73590-01 A1 SJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 1): BH73590-01 B1 SJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, etched, variant 1): BH73590-02 C1 SJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, etched, variant 1): BH73590-02 D2 SJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, variant 2): BH73590-01 A1 SJ 1▽
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, variant 2): BH73590-01 B1 SJ +r
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, etched, variant 2): BH73590-02 C1 SJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, etched, variant 2): BH73590-02 D2 SJ 1n


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
  • Copyright (c) – BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
  • Published By – BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
  • Mastered At – D2 Mastering
  • Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BH73590


Hippopotamus is the 23rd studio album by American rock group Sparks. It was released on September 8, 2017, through BMG Rights Management and The End Records, their first record issued on a major label for decades. Following the 2009 radio musical The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman and Sparks' subsequent collaboration with Franz Ferdinand in FFS, the release of Hippopotamus marked a return to the traditional Sparks format of short, literate, witty pop songs, mixing elements from the band's various. From the new Sparks album 'Hippopotamus', out now. Liberation Music, WMG от лица компании Liberator Music ASCAP, BMG Rights Management US, - Sparks. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. Theres a hippopotamus, a hippopotamus, a hippopotamus in my pool Theres a hippopotamus, a hippopotamus, a hippopotamus in my pool How did it get there, how did it get there, how did it get there I dont know. Theres a hippopotamus, a hippopotamus, a hippopotamus in my pool Theres a hippopotamus, a hippopotamus, a hippopotamus in my pool How did it get there, how did it get there, how did it get there I dont know How did it get there, how did it get there, how did it get there. Встречается в альбомах. Sparks - Hippopotamus 2017. To favorites 6 Download album. Listen album. Songs in album Sparks - Hippopotamus 2017. Sparks - Probably Nothing. Sparks - Missionary Position. Sparks - Scandinavian Design. Sparks - Giddy Giddy. Sparks - What The Hell Is It This Time . Album 2017 15 Songs. Sparks: Next Steps. Albums You May Also Like. Twenty-Something - EP. Pet Shop Boys. The Divine Comedy. Listen free to Sparks Hippopotamus Probably Nothing, Missionary Position and more. 15 tracks 55:12. Released in 2017, Hippopotamus isn't an especially groundbreaking release for Sparks, but it's a more than solid effort that shows they haven't lost a bit of their smarts or their snarky way with a melody, an especially impressive achievement when you consider Russell was 68 and Ron was 72 when this album was released. Record Collector 5 stars album of the month - Sparks remain all about tomorrow could lift them once more above the cult parapet. The Times - 5 stars main album review the album is brilliant. One of the most unusual and arresting albums of their career. The i 5 stars - Album Of The Week - stuffed with short, literate, witty pop songs. Daily Mirror 4 stars Hippopotamus is, suitably, large. Daily Express 5 stars this is smart and stunning throughout. Sunday Express - 4 stars A set of fascinating and literate songs that never meander too far from being chart material. MOJO - 4 stars - An emphatic show of Ron & Russells late-period genius. Released September 8, 2017. Hippopotamus Tracklist. Probably Nothing Lyrics


'Scandinavian Design' is one of the strongest and most endearing tracks the brothers have delivered in a while.Brilliant.
You never know what to get from Sparks. It can be amazing like "Kimono", "Indiscreet", "No 1 in Heaven" or "Lil Beethoven". And then it can be very disappointing like "Interior Design" or "Music that you can dance to". It's a rollercoaster and since "FFS" they are definitely on a new height. "Hippopotamus" is Sparks with great songs and ideas. And their tour in 2018 was equally amazing with Russel Mael still reaching all the high notes.
Sparks equal perfection. I can never fully understand how someone can write beautiful melodies and equally write words to these songs that fit perfectly, yet are jarring in their meaning and juxtaposition of the melody and lyric. It's supernatural forces at work, yet, I do know them, and what they do is meet every day, except maybe on Sunday's, to work on their writing/recordings. A lot of people do that, yet they come up with crap. Sparks come up with works of genius."Hippopotamus" is a collection of songs, for whatever reason, I find moving. There's the humor, but it has a foundation in everyday life, and it reflects on the follies and disappointments that come with the world that we live in. Russell Mael's singing/voice is the perfect instrument to Ron's words. It is not only Russell's vocal abilities (which are great) but the knack to get into characters, and not come off as sounding cold, or smart-alecky. There is a lot of soul in these set of songs by Sparks. The title song "Hippopotamus" is like a John Ashbery (or some other New York School of Poet) set to music. Although nothing alike, the spirit is very modern with the ability to explore the potential of language. Reading the lyrics to all the songs on this album is interesting because you can see the craft that is put into the works, and it doesn't lack passion, but the appreciation of the songwriting craft. Bowie always struck me as a songwriter that is schooled in a craft, and that they are not only artists but incredible craftsman in their work. Sparks is like a master shoemaker. They know how to take your foot and measure it correctly to make one the perfect pair of shoes. This whole album fits perfectly into my consciousness. My favorite cuts on this album are not the obvious great hits here, and there is plenty of that - but songs like "A Little Bit Fun" is a beautiful meditation on joy, fun, and love. Its sentiment is simple, but with the minimal melody, psychedelic underneath texture, and Russell's tonality, it's a masterpiece. I have a top ten Sparks fave list that keeps changing, but this song is on that list for sure, and not only that, I played this song six times in a row today! "Life With The Macbeths" is another sonic beauty of a song. A perfect closing to this album. A humorous lyric, but the music is pure deadly. Haunted melody; kind of perfect to play around 3 in the morning, and playing it loud. The single from this album should be a huge hit. "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)" is a mood piece yet entirely in the pop format. I wonder if a song with such feeling/wit, can ever truly be a hit. It's the album of the year, but even more important than those stupid ways of acknowledging an album's worth, this is a major work of art. 15 songs, not a weak link anywhere. You can hang this album right next to "Mona Lisa." - Tosh Berman
The sense of commitment to craftsmanship certainly glows throughout this work. I get the feeling that The Maels grew up in a household where Gilbert + Sullivan, Stephen Sondheim, and The Gershwins were always on play, and yet they also saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan at the right age as well. It all must have informed their vision of what popular art should be capable of. That they can create music like "Hippopotamus" after nearly 50 years going shames their peers, which it must be said, they have certainly outlasted. I can count possibly four imperial eras within their career arc and can think of no other artists who can approach that level of delightful invention [and re-invention] and accomplishment. Hell, their latest imperial period has lasted 17 years with no signs of ebbing! That’s better than most artists entire careers! I would definitely put this down to their commitment to craftsmanship and its adjacent work ethic, which is evident in spades.
Disc 1 of my copy is dished like a fruit bowl! To be honest I was bored of the album by the half-way point anyway
What do you want -- it is fucking GZM!don't you know?
mine is perfect and plays without any noise, maybe i'm lucky ..disagree that it's a boring album though, this is my favourite sparks album in quite a while!
Same issue here with the first disc, though it is still playable. The sound resonates a bit though (becasue of the warp?) which was wearing me down a bit and taking away the joy. The second disc plays fine. Good album I must say!
You should've returned the warped copy and had a replacement sent back to you...And sorry but i disagree, i think the record is very entertaining!
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