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HOT DOGS! JUMPING FROGS???,
This review is from: From Langley Park To Memphis (Audio CD)
After the absolutely amazing "steve mcqeen" the album "langley park to memphis" sees the beloved sprouts trying new sounds..some work some dont!
the album opens with "king of rock and roll" the sprouts only top 10 single..and im afraid to say one of the few tracks i dont particularly like..the inane chorus (although so catchy you hear it once you will never forget it) ruins it..or makes it...the verses are great paddy but then a nonsensical chorus...you cant help but sing along but there is no depth!
"cars and girls" was the first single and stalled in the charts at no.44 it has the trademarks of a great prefab track and sounds a lot more like the singles from "steve mcqueen"...one of my favourites!!!
"i remember that" "enchanted" and "hey manhattan" are full of the trademark prefab sound of summer and great tracks...""nightingales" is another strong track it has a christmas feel to it a.k.a "whams 'last christmas!'
the last 4 tracks are more experimental..where they branching out or getting lost in the dream to break the usa? "knock on wood" with its reggae feel doesnt feel right.."golden calf" has some great guitar riffs but something is missing..."nancy" is a pretty lovesong but forgettable..."venus" sounds like a showtune...very nice but nothing wondeful!
this may have been the best selling prefab sprout but it is by no means the best....still a good album but after "steve mcqueen" a disappointment!