Album Review

Album reviews: Bright Sparks show their penchant for oddball pop tunes

The brothers’ new album succeeds in weaving lyrical ideas through varying music styles, from psychedelia to classical

Ron and Russell Mael of the band Sparks started off as glam rockers but transformed into a singularly unique act totally different from any other

Sparks, The Girl is Crying in Her Latte (Island)

It isn’t often that reinventions in pop/rock music work to the benefit of either the artist or the listener. A few valiant pioneers (David Bowie, Madonna, Radiohead) are overshadowed by too many who aim to reinvent but instead fall at various hurdles along the way.

Sparks, brothers Ron and Russell Mael, are a case in point. They have been around since the early 1970s, initially pitched ...