Finally something new from the Sprouts, well actually not new indeed, as this album has be shelved for 17 years. And what a shame that the album was never properly produced and recorded, 'cause the material on this album is AWESOME. The songs, the arrangements and the vocals are DIVINE!
It's actually quite difficult to review this album, 'cause the production and the sounds used seem to show what a Prefab Sprout album sounds like, when it's ready for real production, which is quite interesting if that is the case. Therefore the music sounds like synthprogramming; the drums are thin and often too stiff and "programmed", the trumpets and saxes are awfully artificial and so on. Among these "acoustic" instruments the album also has the usual excellent synth sounds that was the trademark sound of the Sprouts in early 90's.
This could have been OUT OF THE WORLD had somebody taken these blueprints and hired a small symphonic orchestra along with the best session musicians around to re-record the music to match the fantastic vocaltracks. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE THIS ALBUM, enjoyed it every day since I got my hands on it (almost a week), but I can't help imagining just how much more it could have been with a little more postproduction; real guitars, bass, brass ect. But maybe technical problems prevented such improvements, I don't know.
I truely hope that this is only the top of the iceberg. If we're lucky the success of this album might push more old material to be released. And as long as the songs are this good, I'm more than ready for more, whatever the condition... Thank you so much, Paddy, you've surely changed my world with your music!