Friday, October 13, 2017

Squeeze released The Knowledge

The Knowledge


Released: October 13, 2017

Peak: -- US, 25 UK

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: new wave


Song Title [time] (date of single release)

  1. Innocence in Paradise [5:09] (10/5/17, --)
  2. Patchouli [3:45]
  3. A & E [3:39]
  4. Every Story [3:32]
  5. Rough Ride [4:18]
  6. Departure Lounge [5:14]
  7. Final Scre [3:57]
  8. Please Be Upstanding [3:59]
  9. The Ones [3:47]
  10. Albatross [2:10]
  11. Elmers End [2:59]
  12. Two Forks [4:29]

All songs written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.

Total Running Time: 46:58

The Players:

  • Chris Difford (vocals, guitar)
  • Glenn Tilbrook (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
  • Yolanda Charles (bass)
  • Stephen Large (keyboards)
  • Simon Hanson (drums)
  • Steve Smith (percussion)


2.611 out of 5.00 (average of 15 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

After 17 years between 1998’s Domino and 2015’s Cradle to the Grave, Squeeze looked to be back on track with this album just two years later. It marked the second appearances of Stephen Large and Simon Hanson on a Squeeze album and the debuts of Yolanda Charles and Steve Smith.

“The speedy appearance of The Knowledge…suggests it's business as usual for Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford, a suggestion that the album itself proves untrue. Where Cradle to the Grave found the duo picking up where they left off on 1998’s Domino, The Knowledge is a genuine progression from the veteran pop group, one that finds them exploring new territory. Difford’s lyrics are increasingly refined, playing like short stories – even when he succumbs to a spot of erectile dysfunction japes on Please Be Upstanding, his jokes are finely honed – and the precise words find a counterpoint within Tilbrook’s elaborate, adventurous songs.” AMG

“Some of this eclecticism can be chalked up to the ornate arrangements, which is an affectation that can occasionally be distracting – as when Rough Ride is nearly subsumed by a children's choir – but it’s often quite thrilling. Heard as individual moments, the songs serve up surprises – the Baroque, twilight country-rock of Patchouli, the Euro flair of Every Story, the light, soulful swing underpinning The Ones, the lushness of Elmers End – but it all adds up to a finely etched, autumnal affair.” AMG

“There’s a bittersweet streak to The Knowledge that’s not sad but rather reassuring, as it adds feeling to Squeeze’s sophisticated craft. This warm, soulful undercurrent, along with the wry sense of humor, elevates The Knowledge, turning it into a masterly latter-day work..” AMG

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First posted 5/20/2022.

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