Play Squeeze's new release, Play , seems to come out of chaos. This is the band's third album on as many labels in as many years… Play Squeeze's new release, Play , seems to come out of chaos. This is the band's third album on as many labels in as many years… 1991-07-23 Squeeze Rock
Music Review

Play (1991)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jul 23, 1991; Lead Performance: Squeeze; Genre: Rock

Squeeze's new release, Play, seems to come out of chaos. This is the band's third album on as many labels in as many years — and even as it debuts, leaders Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook are out touring on their own, sans group. What Squeeze could use is a decisive revival of Difford and Tilbrook's one-time finely wrought songwriting, but Play isn't it. There are some fine pop chops on the record; the opener, ''Satisfied,'' is a witty yet ominous ode to sex, and ''The Truth'' nicely dissects dishonesty. But far too much of the material is bloodless. Difford and Tilbrook's forte — mannered, slightly labored constructions with precise lyrics and pristine instrumentation-requires, if you'll pardon the vernacular, hooks up the wazoo to make it work. Lots of Play's tunes, like the sluggish ''There Is a Voice'' and the tepidly bouncy ''Sunday Street,'' lack any luster at all. C+

Originally posted Aug 02, 1991 Published in issue #77 Aug 02, 1991 Order article reprints