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The Gunman And Other Stories

3 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 18 Jun 2001
  • Release Date: 18 Jun 2001
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2001 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2001 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 43:16
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  • ASIN: B001JL81EQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,685 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By O. Friend on 17 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am in complete awe of the songwriting on GUNMAN. Paddy once again reminds us of what a perfectly crafted pop song is. TROUBLED MAN, LOVE WILL FIND.., BLUE ROSES and CORNFIELD ABLAZE could be used in songwriting courses... no, make that SHOULD be used. <g> I find it amazing how few words are needed in these songs to convey complex human emotions. It's easy for a poetic writer to lob buckets-full of flowing phrases into a composition, when brevity, in the hands of a master, can make much more of an impact.
As I've been saying for the last 15 years - American pop fans don't know what they're missing. And it doesn't help that the last 2 PS albums haven't even been released over here. In fact, I was already plotting a way to get my hands on a copy, when I happened to find it in the import rack at Tower Records in Nashville. Being in the middle of a 10 hour road trip, I had time for 3 straight through listenings over that weekend. First time through, I was busy listening to lyrics, arrangements and listening for Wendy (not there). (Oh, BTW, I simply cracked up when I first heard Farmyard Cat - nice way to end the album, IMHO). By the third time through, I was in love with all of the songs. The recording seems much more comfortable and alive than ANDROMEDA HEIGHTS.
Thanks, Paddy and company. Your work is appreciated more than any amount of commercial success will ever reveal. (although with this album, I don't see how it WOULDN'T make in on AC radio/VH1 here in the states...)
Great album. Keep 'em coming.
Yippee-aye-ay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
In these miserable days when it seems much more important that an artist should look good and be able to dance, it's nice to know some musicians have survived. Paddy McAloon is England's most neglected songwriter (Roddy Frame fills the same post north of Hadrian's Wall), but it's probably his own fault: he makes it look so easy.
The stand-outs on this album, for me, are Blue Roses--a simple, sweet, but beautifully crafted piece; When You Get To Know Me Better--a familiar Paddy theme of a man doing women wrong which could easily be seen as a flip side to the Carol King classic Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?; and the best of the lot, Cornfield Ablaze. This track is brilliant and funny. Unlike most lyricists, who use an image or metaphor briefly, McAloon gives this love song three themes (agriculture/fire/goddess) and follows them through to the end of the song. I admit it, I envy the man his genius.
As has been said, this is not as good throughout as, say, Steve McQueen or Jordan, but a less than perfect Sprouts album can be a hell of a lot better than other bands' best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Previous Prefab Sprout albums have set a very high standard for them to follow, and I'm afraid that this one doesn't quite get there. Don't get me wrong, this would be an exceptional album for many other artists, but Paddy and the boys can do so much better.
The songs range from the tremendous (Troubled Man, Cornfield Ablaze) to... well, let's just say that Farmyard Cat is the worst song they've ever released.
Overall then, a patchy album which does enough to keep the Prefab pot boiling, but now that we've got the American mid-west fixation out of the way, can we have another Jordan please?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pumpkin.ronny@skynet.be on 25 Jun 2001
Format: Audio CD
I must confess that when I first listened to the new Prefab Sprout album I was also slightly disappointed. But after a while the songs really grow on you. True Sprout-followers already know the four songs that Paddy wrote for the two Jimmy Nail albums :"Crocodile shoes I & II". But the arrangements and the interpretation are much better here. The other songs are without a doubt brilliant. There's the funny & playful "Farmyard cat", the breathtaking ballad " When you get to know me better", the catchy "wild card in the pack " and the outstanding " The Gunman ". The whole album has a kind country flavour (more in the lyrics than in the music ) but it's never irritating. Although this new Prefab Sprout isn't an instant classic as "Steve McQueen/Two wheels good ", time will learn us that it's one of their finest in their already amazing discography
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Woodhouse on 6 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
In the world of disposable pop and hype over talent this smooth, slick and utterly professional album comes as some relief. Paddy Macaloons voice remains wonderfully intact and his quirky take on life (and sense of humour) are all present and correct. It does not break any new ground and I suspect it will never get onto your all-time top ten list but I have a feeling that you'll find this again in a year or two and play it with a smile.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hooper on 12 Jan 2004
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Far from being a country and western CD as the artwork and titles would lead you to believe, this is as strong a collection as the Sprouts have issued in many a year.
Lack of consistency has always been a Sprout failing, particularly with the rather flat and uninspiring 'Andromeda Heights'. On 'Gunman' Paddy MacAloon rediscovers his yearning but focused romantic sensibility and fires off a sure fire set of perfect love songs. Much stronger than anything since 'Langley Park' it avoids the sprawl of 'Jordan' and the sameiness of 'Andromeda'.
'Wild Card', 'The Gunman' and 'Cornfield Ablaze' are pure pop perfection, finding Paddy in fine voice and on 'Love will find someone for you' he has crafted his finest moment since 'Nightingales'.
The band is well served by some inspired players, particularly Carlos Alomar who's elegant presence lends a deeper dimension to the overall sound.
Well worth the price of admission and a must buy for all Sproutheads.
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