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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great and little known album, 25 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Protest Songs (Audio CD)
Protest Songs rivals 'Steve McQeen' as the sprouts finest work, tracks like pearly gates and talking scarlet are masterpieces that were never releasd as singles, protest songs was actually recorded in 1985 (right after steve McQ) but was not released for another 4 years, I wonder why. All 10 tracks are excellent(you can't that say very often) and show Paddy McAloon to be one of the truly great modern composers. If you appreciate intelligent tuneful music get this Album you will love it forever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Sprout, 16 May 2007
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To correct / add to other reviews here - 1) this isn't a collection of B-sides etc, it's a full album project which was shelved in its entirety in favour of "From Langley Park to Memphis". And 2) of COURSE "Diana" is about Diana, Princess of Wales - the lyric "arms that hold sweet William to her breast" should give it away... it's also a fantastically prescient take on media images of the princess and especially interesting when you consider the mawkish cult of sentimental pseudo-worship that sprang up around her after she died.

Other than that - great album, was always well worth a release in its own right. "Dublin" probably the highlight for me. McAloon's chord structuring is every bit as fantastic as his oft-praised lyrical genius. There are apparently 3 more entire Sprout albums which never saw the light of day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No surprises, 25 Sep 2011
This review is from: Protest Songs (Audio CD)
a great album from a time when melodies were king. Paddy Macaloon is one of the best songwriters of my generation, and their records still stand up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How in the world did I miss this one??, 30 Jan 2014
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Ye gods. I consider myself a record collector, but here I sit, thoroughly ashamed of myself, because I missed this one ...
I loved 'Steve McQueen' and 'From Langley Park to Memphis' to pieces. I played the vinyl until I wore it out. But I totally missed this one going by. 'Protest Songs' fits absolutely perfectly after 'Steve McQueen', but, despite being recorded in 1985, it was not released until 1989. They must have had their reasons.
I don't find it difficult to transport myself back to 1985. It was a highly significant year in my life for all kinds of reasons. And this sounds to me like the album that's always been missing from my record collection.
Five stars. Five stars. I love it!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I SEE NO ONE PROTEST!!!, 1 May 2007
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This review is from: Protest Songs (Audio CD)
this was suppose to be the follow up to "steve mcqueen" but was shelved in favour of "langley park" and only surfaced a few years later as an extra release with no singles and little publicity..still it reached no18 in the top twenty in the album charts....it is the missing link between the two albums..and surpasses "langley park" which although gave commercial success...a lot of the heart seemed to be missing! where the sprouts desperate for success or was it commercial pressure!

still the album is great...ten great tracks! "world awake" and "wicked things" have all the hit quality of "faron young" or "appetite"..."life of surprises" was released as a single as part of the greatest hits package and is one the strongest songs they recorded..full of love, hope and happiness!

"talking scarlett" is brill as is "tiffanys" and the acoustic "dublin"

"diana" could have been written as a song for the lovely princess...i dont know if it was..but is sounds more poignant in retrospect!

a wonderful collection of songs...not as amazing as "steve mcqueen" but one for your collection!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little known Gem from the sprouts, 28 Dec 2007
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If you liked Steve McQueen, then fork out for this cd. May not be as good, then what is. Its a lot better than the albums that followed.
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6 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an outstanding collection of flotsam & jetsam, 1 Oct 2000
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This album contains a collection of songs that first appeared as B sides or were not considered good enough for inclusion on any albums at the time. Don,t Let this put you off as there are some wonderful haunting songs, underpinned by Paddy McAloons lyrical genius.
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