|1. Wild Horses|
|2. Looking For Atlantis|
|3. We Let The Stars Go|
|4. Carnival 2000|
|5. Jordan: The Comeback|
|6. Jesse James Bolero|
|7. All The World Loves Lovers|
|8. The Wedding March|
|9. Machine Gun Ibiza|
|10. Jesse James Symphony|
|11. Moon Dog|
|12. All Boys Believe Anything|
|13. The Ice Maiden|
|14. Paris Smith|
|15. One Of The Broken|
|18. Scarlet Nights|
|19. Doo-Wop In Harlem|
Though only one disc, Jordan's many moods, tempos and themes makes it seem more like a double. Split into quarters (straight songs, a suite about Elvis, a pop medley and finally some songs about the subject of aging), it challenges ...McQueen's position as THE Prefab classic, while leaving one somewhat over-satiated. Such is its richness.
In fact Jordan... consolidates the band's newfound commercial clout with McAloon's tendency to fit at least three songs into every one. Confirmed as a songwriter of considerable genius, he now explored genres aplenty: "One Of The Broken" (sung from the vantage point of God - never let it be said that Paddy lacked ambition) is a country song while "Carnival 2000" toys with samba. Dolby returned to the desk, supplying the synth and string, reverb-drenched fairy dust that McAloon's songs of religion, loss and love demanded.
At times it comes uncomfortably close to cloying - especially on "We Let The Stars Go" or "All The World Loves Lovers" - or too clever for its own good ("Michael" - subject: Lucifer longs to return to paradise) yet is always rescued by the heart-tugging meodies or scintillating arrangements that never hang around long enough for boredom or familiarity to set in. The 'Jesse James' numbers (equating the Western outlaw to a reclusive Elvis, holed up in Vegas) are especially fine with their recurring themes.
Prefab Sprout longed to make pop music, but were always far too intelligent and inventive to do anything so straightforward. Like George Gershwin transported into Brian Wilson's sandbox, Jordan... is equal parts passionate, philosophical and preposterous. Nothing else sounds like it. --Chris Jones
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This masterpiece progresses through themes of the "worth" of music, Jesse James, Presley but hits its stride completely on the last 5 songs with a vaguely religious theme. OK, one of them is even "sung" by God. If this album only had "One Of The Broken", "Mercy" and "Doo Wop In Harlem" on it it would still be in my top ten.
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