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This review is from: Let's Change The World With Music (Audio CD)You almost feel like they owe you something, the artists you love. A way with a melody, a turn of lyric, and you're hooked .... how dare they stop your supply! "I'll grow a long and silver beard, and duty will not track me down" ... It is heartening to see Paddy out again, even doing interviews; the album at 20 in the charts. We had assumed that was it - dare we hope for another trip into the studio, with the gang in tow?
I chanced upon Prefab Sprout following Jordan's release and I doubt I will love an album quite so much. I trawled the back catalogue, caught those new releases when they came, but every one felt like the end. And so it is again. If only ... If only this had come out, Dolby-produced, Conti-driven and Wendy-adorned, when my little girl was 3. My little girl now off to medical school (and named after another artist with a variable work ethic, Kate Bush!). The Beatles famously churned out Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt Pepper in the course of 18 months ....
Do I sound ungrateful? Don't get me wrong: MacAloon's polished-up demos knock spots off ... pretty much anything going on these days. In themselves they give a fascinating insight into the MacAloon working method, but they are fully-realised pieces, and collectively they form, even as they stand, the Sprouts' second-best album, a more worthy follow-up to Jordan than the shimmering beauties of Andromeda Heights. It really is that good. For what we receive, may the Lord make us truly grateful! XTC are quiet, Steely Dan and Joni past their best - I'm still an avid consumer of music, and there are gems aplenty out there, but music of this quality is like hen's teeth. It is all you would expect - melodic, intelligent, soulful, barking. Paddy's love of music mirrors our own; he's a fan too.