Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Squeeze - Babylon and On (1987)

Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD. (If memory serves, the LP was the last LP I ever purchased.)

While it's certainly no East Side Story, this is still a fairly consistent pop album from Squeeze; good but not great. While the production sounds dated today, the songwriting of Difford and Tilbrook was still strong. There's more album filler than usual on a Squeeze album, but this group's filler is still better than many top hits from other artists. Glad to see keyboardist Jools Holland with the band on this release; he always seems to make the band sound more relaxed.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #36 (Dec 5, 1987)

Filler: Tough Love, In Today's Room, Striking Matches, Who Are You?, The Waiting Game, Some Americans
Better: Hourglass (curiously, the band's biggest US hit), Trust Me To Open My Mouth, Cigarette of a Single Man
Best: Footprints, The Prisoner, 853-5937

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This reminds me of the summer of 1988, when I worked all week in a hot warehouse then would make weekend treks from Commerce to Hurst to see a girl. Those weekly trips cost me about what I made working in the warehouse, so I finished that summer no richer than when I started. Then, to top it off, the relationship with the girl ended when the fall semester started. Common sense and long-term planning were not my strong suit back then. I don't know if much has changed on that front.

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