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Lil' Beethoven


Download links and information about Lil' Beethoven by Sparks. This album was released in 2003 and it belongs to Rock, New Wave, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 9 tracks with total duration of 40:57 minutes.

Artist: Sparks
Release date: 2003
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 9
Duration: 40:57
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No. Title Length
1. The Rhythm Thief 5:18
2. How Do I Get to Carnegie Hall? 3:50
3. What Are All These Bands So Angry About? 3:32
4. I Married Myself 4:59
5. Ride 'em Cowboy 4:20
6. My Baby's Taking Me Home 4:42
7. Your Call's Very Important to Us. Please Hold. 4:11
8. Ugly Guys With Beautiful Girls 7:07
9. Suburban Homeboy 2:58



It took a long time to get there, but the inevitable marriage between Sparks’ operatic leanings and conventionally symphonic instrumentation was a perfect union. Brothers Ron and Russell Mael made smart pop and dance music for 25 years before flexing their own orchestral muscle on 1997’s clever Plagiarism, a brilliant recreation of their own music. Two albums later, on Lil’ Beethoven, they took it further, building new songs with layers of grand piano and generous washes of shimmering strings, stacking vocal tracks to sound like lofty choirs, and generally sounding way smarter than your average pop band. The humor is as pointed as ever, exemplified by the stage-worthy “Suburban Homeboy” with plentiful strings and horns and “Ride ‘Em Cowboy”’s rock-opera tale of a guy down on his luck. The tittering choral epic, “What Are All These Bands So Angry About” has a hilarious “up with people” vibe, and the epic and metallic-tinged “Ugly Guys With Beautiful Girls” examines the age-old mystery of aesthetically ill-matched pairs. Listening to Lil’ Beethoven is utterly satisfying, and one wonders what Sparks might have wrought if the brothers Mael hadn’t spent all those years mired in synthesizers.