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on 22 September 2009
It's great to get a new LP from Prefab Sprout. It's even better to get one that is better than 'The Gunman' but it's not really a Prefab LP - it's a set of well produced Paddy McAloon demoes. Or at least, it might as well be.

Paddy's brilliant solo LP 'I Trawl The Megahertz' was one of the musical highlights of the past decade; strange, affecting and beautiful, it had been recorded by Paddy on computer and then arranged for strings, guitar and occasional vocals. This time it seems as if the process has stopped at the computer stage.

No other members of the band have been involved (they've been dropping by the way for years) but now it's Paddy and his computer only. That's not to say that 'Let's Change the World With Music' sounds like Kraftwerk (although wouldn't that be intersting?!), here the arrangements are for piano, string backing, drums and bass - all programmed. Thus, these excellent songs fall short through the lack of Martin McAloon's sweetly funky, upfront bass, Neil Conti's ever-wonderful drumming and the odd but essential breathy backing vocals of Wendy Smith.

It is only fair to say that Paddy's singing is as good as ever, even reaching the urgent heights of 'Swoon' at times and the songs themselves are excellent - think 'Langley Park' meets the last part of 'Jordan'. It sweeps, it swoons, it carries you away but it's still all a bit synthetic.

So, three stars for the songs and the singing but two off for the lack of human involvement.
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on 25 December 2009
I love Paddy McAloon, all his music, all the Prefab Sprout stuff too but to get a more mass appeal audience, especially a younger audience, I can't see this doing it. This is deep stuff in a Christian sense, is Paddy questioning his own beliefs on orthodox Christianity? A few gems for me personally but ... Unfortunately not one of his best compositions and although I like it I don't feel it will capture others unaware of him.
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on 11 August 2013
This is typical Prefab Sprout. There are no outstanding tracks (single material) but virtually all of them are good songs with catchy hooks. It did take time to grow on me (about 6 listens) but I made the right decision to buy it. For Prefab Sprouts fans, I am sure you will like this album and some may even love it but for me it is an average album.
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on 4 November 2009
Anything by Prefab Sprout/Paddy McAloon is worth listening to, but this falls short. I've always liked Paddy's subtle use of his personal religious beliefs in his work,it comes across as life-affirming rather than preachy. However, he's gone preachy on us here and I don't like being preached to. It's like being hit over the head with a blunt instrument - just too much overkill on the religious stuff. Still a lovely sound though. Can we go back to life-affirming now?
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on 5 January 2010
Looks like I'm going to be out of step with the rest of these reviews, but after a couple of listens, there is just nothing to grab me in these songs. Repeated themes (music is a Good Thing,wistful yearning after God) but little of the dazzling lyrical conceits and Thomas Dolby arrangements that made the early Sprout albums such a joy. Oh - one exception - I love the way he sings 'Gatsby, step aside'!

Nice enough arrangements, and thankfully minus the tub-thumping drum sound that can make the earlier efforts a bit tiresome, but that's not really enough to sustain an album.

I didn't enjoy 'Andromeda Heights much - I should have learned my lesson!
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on 8 October 2009
As a long time fan of Prefab Sprout, i was impatient to listen to Paddy's last album. But i've been a little disappointed, because expecting too much perhaps... And something else definitely. The album lacks the usual lavishness of entangled multiple melodies, it sounds less creative and complex than his former works, except for a few of the songs. It is definitely a bit too much religious oriented, which doesn't mean that it benefits from some kind of divine inspiration, as it was the case in his former albums. In the contrary, it makes the whole work too much oriented and boring, even though expressing his - formerly not overtly talked about - religious feelings may have been for Paddy an important thing at a personal level... Indeed, Gospels may have been be what Paddy Mc Aloon needed to hear at the time he wrote "Let's change the world with music".
But for a work directed to the "general listeners", that's a bit too much of a pushing gospel, heared again and again in thick layers and in every song. as if the listener couldn't understand well and needed a further dose of "Jesus ahkbar" to get the message. I'd rather give one of his older albums to listen to friends in a casual relaxed evening context.

A few of the songs anyway are to be crowned and sound like "pure Prefab Sprout. But i read that his lyrics were written and recorded many years ago.. Then the album is not new.. I'd like then to hear what Paddy would create now in 2009.
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