Squeeze - Spot The Difference

Spot The Difference is a peculiar record in many respects. In an effort to claw back control of their catalogue, Squeeze have taken to the studio and re-recorded their greatest hits in a way that makes them indistinguishable from the originals - hence the title, see what they did there? - even going so far as to use the same instruments where possible. In doing this, they have succeeded admirably – the songs sound exactly the same. In fact, I switched between the originals and the new recordings and frequently forgot which I was listening to. Arugably, the only thing for existing fans here is a re-recording of 'Loving You Tonight', with vocals from Glenn Tilbrook instead of Paul Carrack. It’s fine. It’s all fine. There’s no denying that many of these tracks are stone cold classics: 'Pulling Mussels From The Shell', 'Tempted', 'Cool For Cats' are all fondly remembered and rightly so. Morally, too, this is the Squeeze collection to buy. The problem is that The Essential Squeeze, their previous compilation, has the same tracks - and more - and therefore represents better value. Not to mention the fact that the catalogue has been re-visited far more interestingly by Chris Difford on his acoustic South East Side Story album so, at the end of the day, it's hard to give this anything more than a half-hearted recommendation.

Overall

6

out of 10

Last updated: 18/04/2018 14:20:41

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