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Transatlantic Ping Pong


Download links and information about Transatlantic Ping Pong by Glenn Tilbrook. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 45:35 minutes.

Artist: Glenn Tilbrook
Release date: 2004
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 12
Duration: 45:35
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No. Title Length
1. Untouchable 4:12
2. Lost In Space 3:55
3. Neptune 3:59
4. Hostage 3:33
5. Hot Shaved Asian Teens 3:58
6. Ray & Me 4:49
7. Reinventing the Wheel 3:37
8. Domestic Distortion 4:21
9. Genitalia of a Fool 3:45
10. Where I Can Be Your Friend 3:15
11. There for Her 3:31
12. One for the Road 2:40



Splitting from longtime songwriting co-partner and musical partner in crime Chris Difford rejuvenated Glenn Tilbrook, leading to a good solo debut in 2001 with The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook and a subsequent never-ending tour that found the former Squeeze frontman playing seemingly anywhere and everywhere for a good three years. This constant activity pays off on 2004's Transatlantic Ping Pong, his second solo album and his best record in a long, long time. Simultaneously looser and more focused than Incomplete, Transatlantic finds Tilbrook returning to the hooky, direct power pop of the best Squeeze albums, but instead of sounding like a retread or a last grasp for glory, he sounds comfortable, as if he knows this is the sound that suits him best. Most important, it sounds like he's having fun, and that's the sentiment that rules the album. It's not just that the music is bright and catchy, the sound of a top pop tunesmith working at full strength; it's that the songs themselves are often larks. A few songs explore some regret over the past — most notably on "Hostage," where he meets up with a former lover/partner, and "Domestic Distortion," where he comes to grips with his adult child — but they're surrounded by songs filled with jokes. While some of those display the trademark dry wit of Squeeze, more often than not these are dirty, filthy jokes, like rewriting a country standard for "The Genitalia of a Fool" and turning on a disco beat for "Hot Shaved Asian Teens," which may not be any more vulgar than a typical spam e-mail, but certainly is a bit of a shock coming from Tilbrook. But that kind of boozy, good-time humor is evident not just in the words, but the raucous, full-bodied performances that make Transatlantic Ping Pong a joy on the sheer sonic level. Plus, those off-color jokes are tempered by the fine craftsmanship of songs like "Untouchable" and the bittersweet "Ray & Me," both of which are bolstered by the lively performances and recording, and the whole thing winds up as his most likable and alive record in quite some time.