Continuation of my Squeeze post the other day http://rgdinmalaysia.blogspot.my/2015/10/cradle-to-grave-by-squeeze.html
Bare with me.... Squeeze is my favorite band and it's been a long time since a new record so I dare say I'll be talking about them a lot. Some more thoughts about CRADLE TO THE GRAVE
1.) It really seems like Glenn Tilbrook's voice has dropped an octave or so with age which gives his singing a smokey, mature quality - I like his younger higher McCartney on helium voice but I like this too.
2.) At first I was sad about the lack of Difford alone vocals but I must say the Difford and Tilbrook harmonies, low vs high, are prevalent throughout - no prettier vocal sound for me in music.
3.) My current favorite song is Nirvana but every song is a good one. Oddly enough, my least favorite would be the first single Happy Days
4.) It gets better with each listen. I'd rank CRADLE as a better record overall than PLAY, UK SQUEEZE (debut record), BABYLON AND ON, RIDICULOUS, and FRANK but not as good as EAST SIDE STORY, ARGYBARGY, SOME FANTASTIC PLACE, COSI FAN TUTTI FRUTTI, SWEETS FROM A STRANGER, COOL FOR CATS, DIFFORD AND TILBROOK and DOMINO.
5.) Chris Difford is my favorite lyricist in all of music. Every song here is a mini-story tempered by maturity. Ray Davies without the self-pity.