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Andromeda Heights [Import]

Prefab Sprout Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (27 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B002MHA3KQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

1. Electric Guitars
2. Prisoner of the Past
3. Mystery of Love
4. Life's a Miracle
5. Anne Marie
6. Whoever You Are
7. Steal Your Thunder
8. Avenue of Stars
9. Swans
10. Fifth Horseman
11. Weightless
12. Andromeda Heights

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stars and magic... 6 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
The problem with Jordan the Comeback is that everything Prefab Sprout ever does again will be measured against it. But Andromeda Heights is best appreciated within its own lofty context and starry themes. Like all the Sprout's offerings the gems on this album are the tunes that you don't notice on your first listen but which subsequently grow on you. Electric Guitars and A Prisoner of the Past may have attracted the airplay but listen to Steal Your Thunder or Weightless to discover the essence of this album. Paddy McAloon's lyrical mastery and composition will never disappoint and Andromeda Heights is no exception. No, they have not surpassed Jordan on this occasion but as you begin to uncover the many musical layers in this offering you realise just how close they come.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sumptous mood music 16 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
You need to be in the mood for this album, but is certainly one of the best. At first it seems too schmaltzy, all surface; tracks such as Electric Guitars, Prisoner of the Past and Love is the Fifth Horseman surface early on as Sprout classics. The melodies, arrangements and Paddy's voice are gorgeous.
There is a wonderful use of flutes and saxaphone on many tracks.
You can hear the American influence; certainly Bacharach, but I'm even reminded of Donal Fagan.
Swans is probably the weakest and most lyrically pedestrian of the tracks. I think he mentions "stars" in over half the tracks, but maybe the album title allows for that (he's got a thing about stars I think).
It twins well with Jordan, but I think the former has the edge.
As a Sprouts fan I actually find the earlier albums (up to Langley Park) weaken towards the end after sparkling beginnings. This is more consistent but not as obvious.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Different 29 Jan 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am a 49 year old truck driver (No I do not like C&W) and I stumbled across this C.D. by accident. However, I was pleased I did, as it is wonderful. The originality of every track and the arrangements of them add to the pleasure, as you don't know what's coming next. The lead singers (Paddy McAloon & Wendy Smith) have a mystical quality that enhance the whole album. I defy anyone to tell me that they are not enchanted by track 6 "Who ever you are". Maybe the band will not appreciate some "old Fart" giving them a reveiw, but I loved it and so will you, what ever your age.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time is all that matters 22 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album many moons ago off the back of some great reviews, had a listen and shelved it as not for me at the time. I have recently come back to it and after a few more listens, well, what a difference!
As a big Sprout fan (only the musical variety mind), I rate 'Steve McQueen' as top three material alongside the Oscar Peterson Trio's 'Night Train' and '1984' by Van Halen, all incredibly well-crafted albums. However, the one thing that is different about this PS album to all others before it, is that Paddy built his own high-end studio at home before working on it (the album & studio share the name Andromeda Heights), and doesn't this new-found proximity show in the detail.
From the opening number, the easy rising tide of 'Electric Guitars', through to that wonderful sax part on 'Life's a Miracle' to the 'Ice Maiden'-esque 'Anne Marie' and on to an end of the evening, slow dance finish with the title track, this album has had care and attention lavished upon it by one of Britain's best kept secrets. Time is the key to this record, stick with it and it pays you back in spades with listening pleasures rarely experienced - McAloon works from a set of rules no-one else was given. And sometimes that's just about perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Class 26 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
I have 5 Prefab Sprout albums so far (OK, I know to do some catching up to do) and although I love 'Steve MacQueen' I have to say this is my absolute fave. Sophisticated, elegant, silky, beautifully crafted and with the best set of lyrics I've heard on a Sprout album (I'd love to put Paddy Mc Allon and Lloyd Cole in a room and see what they could come up with!). Too quiet for some? Maybe. It rewards so much with repeated plays, who cares?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflective but addictive 29 Oct 2012
By ste52s
Format:Audio CD
On first hearing you'd be forgiven for thinking that this was a collection of pessimistic songs but in actual fact the recurring message is that life and love have more to offer than you ever imagined. Sure the balance of songs leans more towards the downbeat but the message is loud and clear and I think it's fair to say that this is probably the most rounded album Paddy ever wrote. It's full of hooks you could hang your hat on and it doesn't take long for the melodies to grab hold of you and hug you like old friends. Worth the money for the title track alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL PREFAB HEIGHTS!! 1 May 2007
By Mr. Nathan Armstrong VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Although not the most successful sprout album..it oozes beautiful, perfectly produced epics with every track!

every song is full of beauty and innocence..paddy excels himself! yes it doesnt reach out with any hit singles on the first listen but its a catchy album - beautifully written, sung and produced!

not a bad song on here..."swans" is achingly beautiful..."fifth horseman" catchy and should have been a single..."electric guitars" stunning pop! the rest as just as good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Head in the Clouds
Paddy McAloon has always written intelligent and beautifully crafted songs, but this album is so much lusher, sweeter and dreamier than previous accomplishments. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by Wambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Paddy Scaling The Heights
When first I purchased this album I must confess that I was a little disappointed. The first two tracks are as good as any pop songs ever written but what follows was something of... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by Lee Boehmer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the wait
Andromeda Heights was a big disappointment to me and it's gone unplayed here for several years. Listening to it again tonight, my opinion hasn't changed. Read more
Published on 29 July 2008 by Archie Roylance
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
This is my favourite Prefab Sprout album by a long chalk. It contains some of Paddy's loveliest songs and his voice has never been sweeter. Read more
Published on 17 May 2007 by Coincidence Vs Fate
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait
I'm a big fan of the Sprouts but when I first bought this album, years and years ago, I really detested it. I felt betrayed. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2005 by R. Appleby
1.0 out of 5 stars from durham to disneyland
This album makes me sad. It has so many germs of songs that could be as epic and glorious as past PS songs. But most of them go nowhere. Actually, most of them start nowhere. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2003 by G. J. Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fit for a King
If albums were bought on merit alone this one should rank in the top 10. Lyrically Paddy has managed to create a seemingly never ending stream of highly polished songs, beatty,... Read more
Published on 4 May 2001
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