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Sparkwood | La La Crutch (2000)

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La La Crutch (2000)

by Sparkwood

If Queen met Jellyfish on the softball field and the players wore Sgt. Pepper's LHCB uniforms and Ben Folds was the umpire, Sparkwood would write the music. The much overlooked debut....
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Into
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2. Ben & Katy
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3. Wurly
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4. Wonderin' Why
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5. Naked Truth
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6. Ramie
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7. The Shave
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8. Music Lane
3:53 album only
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9. Cockroach Stomp
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10. Marianne
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11. Trilogy 1
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12. Trilogy 2
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13. What in the World
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14. Same As Before
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15. Weeks Gone By
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
***BIO***
Sparkwood is the latest recipe to emerge from Bart Padar's musical kitchen. With a new batch of ingredients including Mark Doroba (Three Years Ghost), Mike Reynolds (The Sleepwalkers, Violet Crown), and Sean Crooks (The Alice Rose) the band serves up a savory blend of pop-a-licious delight. Peering inside of Sparkwood's crock-pot of musical influences one will find a history of scrumptious morsels like The Beatles, The Zombies, Queen, Cheap Trick, Supertramp, XTC and ELO. Their live shows are a junket of mellifluous fun. The boys in Sparkwood LOVE what they do and their performances are a vibrant celebration of this fact. They clearly share their collective enthusiasm with all who attend their shows. Heavy meals? No way! Sparkwood heads straight for dessert, their melodies a bundle of candy-coated excitation. Currently they're merely a secret treat but Sparkwood aspires to share their delectable creations with the rest of the world. The obvious consensus: Sparkwood is a fluorescent feast for the senses!

***REVIEWS***
Immediately upon submission of my Top Ten Album list, a disc that deserves such recognition arrives in the mail. This year's of the "too late for my Top Ten list" award goes to talented Austin band Sparkwood....production, instrumentation, vocals and songwriting are top notch. -Eric Sorenson AMPLIFIER MAGAZINE March/April 2001

Surprisingly strong and consistent from start to finish, The La La Crutch is a gem, remarkable for its refreshing lack of pretension and its non-retro illusion of pop timelessness. -Luke Torn POP CULTURE PRESS Spring 2001

...managed to simulate the creative soul of Jellyfish's Spilt Milk with a fraction of the budget that Sturmer & Manning were given. -Kevin Matthews POWER OF POP December 15, 2000

Sparkwood explore a number of different sounds and styles here, they manage to bring a consistency to their music that makes for a strong signature sound. Part of the reason for this has to be Padar's vocal - one made for pure pop. 4 out of 5 stars - Claudio Sossi SHAKE IT UP January 2001

...Padar has concocted a literate disc that deserves mention in the same breath with luminaries such as Fountains Of Wayne, Ben Folds Five and The Orange Peels. -Mike Bennett FUFKIN March 2001

"Marianne" rocks like a classic Cheap Trick song, while "Trilogy I" with it's tangy, 4/4 piano line is reminiscent of Queen's "Killer Queen" until it dives into a heavy "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" vibe that is absolutely powerful. -Scott Hudson POP MATTERS February 2001

This is a band that is almost too hip for its own good....Music Lane, a REALLY catchy song that could become a top 40 hit the way it stays in your head (in a good way) -AUSTIN INSIGHT MAGAZINE September 2001

...songs such as "Marianne," "Ramie," and "Same As Before" practically leap out of the grooves, enveloping the listener with an engaging embrace that's impossible to ignore. -Lee Zimmerman ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY NEWS - Miami, Fl 2001

...this engaging set boasts a punchy home-production and tangible sense of fun across its fifteen tracks. Ramie, with it's suspiciously breezy account of death by road-accident, has an infectious optimism which infiltrates much on offer here, the jaunty interlude of Cockroach Stomp and the crunch of Marianne welcome asides for those uncomfortable among an abundance of sickly sweet melodies. - Matt Dornan Comes With A Smile #7 - Spring 2001 LONDON

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Comes With A Smile

Sparkwood's The La La Crutch Piano Driven Power Pop
Sprightly piano-led pop is the order of the day down in Sparkwood. Fronted by the excellently named Bart Padar, this engaging set boasts a punchy home-production and tangible sense of fun across it's fifteen tracks. Fair enough an 8 second Intro and the mix-tape essential sample of The Shave hardly count as 'songs' but there's as much sense behind the sequencing as there is in the structure of the remaining finely honed tracks. Ramie, with it's suspiciously breezy account of death by road-accident, has an infectious optimism which infiltrates much on offer here, the jaunty interlude of Cockroach Stomp and the crunch of Marianne welcome asides for those uncomfortable among an abundance of sickly sweet melodies. Cotton Mather's Whit Williams guests on three cuts (adding a Clapton-esque lead to Trilogy II), but Padar is the star of the Sparkwood set, his voice at times reminiscent of Sloan's Chris Murphy, his multi-instrumental skills and enthusiasm stamped all over The La La Crutch.

Matt Dornan CWAS #7 - Spring 2001
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