Ridiculous (album)

Ridiculous is an album by the British new wave group Squeeze. It was the band's eleventh studio album, and it introduced their latest drummer Kevin Wilkinson (no relation to bassist Keith Wilkinson). As on the previous album, Some Fantastic Place, the band recorded one song penned by Keith Wilkinson. This time, however, Wilkinson did not perform the lead vocals. That song, "Got to Me", is the last Wilkinson would write with Squeeze. Chris Difford sang lead on two songs, "Long Face" and "Fingertips". He had not performed lead on an album cut since "Slaughtered, Gutted and Heartbroken" and "Love Circles" on the 1989 album Frank. This record was produced by Glenn Tilbrook and Peter Smith.

Ridiculous
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Studio album by
Released13 November 1995 (UK), June 1996 (US)
GenreRock
Length55:51
LabelA&M
Ark 21 Records
IRS Records (US)
ProducerPeter Smith & Glenn Tilbrook
Squeeze chronology
Some Fantastic Place
(1993)
Ridiculous
(1995)
Domino
(1998)
Singles from Ridiculous
  1. "This Summer"
    Released: 21 August 1995
  2. "Electric Trains"
    Released: 30 October 1995
  3. "Heaven Knows"
    Released: 27 May 1996
  4. "This Summer (Remix)"
    Released: 12 August 1996

The album spent one week at number 50 in the UK Albums Chart.[1]

MusicEdit

A clear distinction, noted by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, between Ridiculous and predecessors such as Play and Some Fantastic Place was a "stripped-down, matter of fact production",[2] giving the record a "crisper and livelier" feel.[2] Erlewine compared the "jangling" style of "Grouch of the Day" with that of the 1965 Beatles album Rubber Soul.[2]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]     
PopEntertainment.com[3]Favourable

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave a primarily praising summary of Ridiculous,[2] commenting that it "stands as a testament to the enduring quality of their craft" and was "every bit as enjoyable" as their other post-reunion efforts.[2]

In August 1996, Alex Diamond of PopEntertainment.com proclaimed Ridiculous to possibly be "the band's best overall album since 1981's East Side Story".[3]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook except as indicated.

  1. "Electric Trains" – 4:03
  2. "Heaven Knows" – 4:34
  3. "Grouch of the Day" – 3:27
  4. "Walk Away" – 4:43
  5. "This Summer" – 3:39
  6. "Got to Me" (Keith Wilkinson) – 3:45
  7. "Long Face" – 4:31
  8. "I Want You" – 4:03
  9. "Daphne" – 3:44
  10. "Lost for Words" – 1:59
  11. "Great Escape" – 3:27
  12. "Temptation for Love" – 3:37
  13. "Sound Asleep" – 4:38
  14. "Fingertips" – 5:40

PersonnelEdit

Squeeze

with:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 522/3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Stephen Thomas Erlewine (15 October 1995). "Ridiculous – Squeeze | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b Diamond, Alex (August 1996). "Squeeze - Ridiculous (I.R.S.)". PopEntertainment.com. Retrieved 5 January 2021.

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