Some respite for true pop lovers from the onslaught of the prefabricated anti-music dominating the current Billboard charts in the form of a new Squeeze album! Yes! When frontman Glenn Tilbrook was in Singapore last year, he mentioned that the band was recording a new album and here it is – Cradle to the Grave – the band’s first album of new material since 1998!
And… it’s definitely worth the wait. Chock full of sophisticated melodic pop gems, this is Tilbrook and partner Chris Difford at their songwriting finest. Completed by the talents of Lucy Shaw (bass), Stephen Large (keyboards) and Simon Hanson (drums), the album is a veritable treasure trove of 70s/80s pop song craft that is so rare in 2015.
Songs like “Nirvana”, “Beautiful Game” and “Happy Days” roll back the years with aplomb, with pristine tunes, dynamic arrangements and top notch performances all hitting the sweet spot!
The fact that the album hit #12 on the UK album charts (the band’s highest charting album!) is comforting and ironic at the same time – considering the low sales numbers nowadays.
Nonetheless, it would be nice if more of the ‘old’ guard came up with new material to demonstrate to the modern pop bands what ‘real’ music sounds like. Highly recommended!