Squeeze - 'The Knowledge'
Recorded in London, this their 15th studio album offers up another dozen examples of fine Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook song craft, and is the perfect curtain raiser for their massive UK tour. The album is both reassuringly familiar yet intriguingly different in tone, perhaps best exemplified by lead single “Innocence in Paradise” with its pedal steel and cinematic atmosphere. Elsewhere, they address all manners of issues from the underfunded NHS (A&E) to abused schoolboy footballers (Final Score) to veteran obsessive record collectors (Albatross) and finally their own lengthy and not always harmonious- relationship on the rollicking ska pop finisher Two Forks. Squeeze will be playing material old and new as they tour the UK this November. A band still very much cool for cats.