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A great album to be saddled with,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Gunman And Other Stories (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.