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Could have been so much more..?
on 5 October 2009
I've been a huge Sprout fan since I first heard "When Love Breaks Down", & have everyone of Prefabs albums to date & was really excited to see the release of this album.
My first thoughts were that Paddy's vocals sounded great (back to the raw energy & emotion of the Swoon/Steve McQueen early albums) and, as Prefab Fans have come to expect,great songwriting with sublime chord changes original melodies & deep, thought provoking lyrics.Sadly as I listened to the songs, one after the other,I got a bit saddened, as it was clear that the instrumental arrangements for each song were all computerised & arranged on sequencing technology,giving the music a synthetic & artificial sound. As a musician myself, I find it really difficult to connect with an album, if there is no musical human input (i.e lack of real instruments being played)Hence the title of my review.
This album could have been so much more, if the original Sprouts had been involved to give the music that "real" vibe, as opposed to the synthetic computerised "cold" vibe.
But, having said all of that, I may sound like I'm contradicting myself by saying I still really like the Album & I'm sure Paddy had his reasons for not invloving Wendy,Neil & brother Martin to re-record the album.
So Four stars it is then (as I cannot bear to take off more than one star from one of my favourite bands..!!!)