Balls (Sparks album)

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Balls
Studio album by Sparks
Released 2000
Recorded 1998 - 2000
Genre Synthpop[1]
Length 48:45
Label Oglio (US), Recognition (UK)
Producer Ron Mael, Russell Mael
Sparks chronology
Plagiarism
(1997)
Balls
(2000)
Lil' Beethoven
(2002)
Singles from Balls
  1. "More Than A Sex Machine"
    Released: 1999
  2. "The Calm Before The Storm"
    Released: 2000
  3. "The Angels"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Balls is the 18th album by Sparks released in 2000.

"It's a Knockoff" was recorded for the movie Knock Off, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, directed by the acclaimed Hong Kong based producer/director Tsui Hark[3] (who had appeared on his own tribute song by the band on the album Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins). It is featured over the closing credits.

Release[edit]

Balls was not a success in terms of chart performance and failed to match the performance of Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins. It did not chart in Germany, UK or US. The album was packaged in a translucent jewel case that came in 4 colours (red, yellow, green, and blue) with a reflective die-cut silver slipcase.

"More Than A Sex Machine", "The Calm Before The Storm" and "The Angels" were released as singles but did not pick up any significant sales or radio play.

Re-issue[edit]

In 2008, Sparks' own record label Lil' Beethoven Records reissued the album in a digipak sleeve, featuring different sleeve-art and with two bonus tracks; "The Calm Before the Opera" and "The Calm Before the Storm (Full Length Instrumental)".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ron Mael and Russell Mael. 

No. Title Length
1. "Balls"   4:24
2. "More Than a Sex Machine"   5:04
3. "Scheherazade"   4:29
4. "Aeroflot"   4:28
5. "The Calm Before the Storm"   4:03
6. "How to Get Your Ass Kicked"   4:19
7. "Bullet Train"   4:20
8. "It's a Knockoff"   3:42
9. "Irreplaceable"   5:06
10. "It's Educational"   4:02
11. "The Angels"   4:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Russell Mael - Vocals, production
  • Ron Mael - Keyboards, programming, production
  • Tammy Glover - Drums
  • Aksinja Berger - Speech on "Aeroflot"
  • Amelia Cone - Narration on "Scheherazade"
  • John Thomas - Mixing, engineering

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/balls-mw0000090005
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ J.R. Taylor. "Lively Sparks". New York Press. Retrieved 2006-04-13.