December 12th, 2012 1:39pm
A Blank Expression Upon His Face
My love of Squeeze is almost entirely focused on their late 70s and early 80s material. This is the case for most people inclined to listen to Squeeze, really. I’ve just never connected with the later material, and to some extent, it’s a matter of getting my Squeeze fix with the work I know I love. Forcing myself to listen to records like Domino and Some Fantastic Place feels like homework. Anyway! This is a song from the band’s forthcoming album, and unlike a lot of late-period Squeeze, it is a dead ringer for their early 80s style. “Tommy” is rigid and formal in tone, and wonderfully melodic in its composition. This is basically what you look for in a band like this – impeccable, McCartney-like craft with the bitter observational wit of Costello. They’ve got their own character and charm, but really, that’s what it comes down to, and I think they’ve reconnected with that spark.
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