Although still a dance music record, Balls feels a little more like a rock than Gratuitous Sax ever did. I don’t think I like it nearly as much either. The songs just aren’t as interesting. This record has its moments. “Calm Before the Storm” is especially good. Buried in here are also hints of what was to come next from Sparks. Balls marks the first instance of the f-bomb being dropped on a Sparks record. I always forget about that when my daughter is in the room and I am playing this CD.