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Sumptous mood music,
This review is from: Andromeda Heights (Audio CD)
You need to be in the mood for this album, but is certainly one of the best. At first it seems too schmaltzy, all surface; tracks such as Electric Guitars, Prisoner of the Past and Love is the Fifth Horseman surface early on as Sprout classics. The melodies, arrangements and Paddy's voice are gorgeous.
There is a wonderful use of flutes and saxaphone on many tracks.
You can hear the American influence; certainly Bacharach, but I'm even reminded of Donal Fagan.
Swans is probably the weakest and most lyrically pedestrian of the tracks. I think he mentions "stars" in over half the tracks, but maybe the album title allows for that (he's got a thing about stars I think).
It twins well with Jordan, but I think the former has the edge.
As a Sprouts fan I actually find the earlier albums (up to Langley Park) weaken towards the end after sparkling beginnings. This is more consistent but not as obvious.
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2009 06:56:32 GMT
Heights has real classy, graceful melodies and great arranging and singing. Not to be judged as a rock album, it shows McAloon's long-standing impact from '50s-60s musicals and balladry ("Protest Songs" showed this too). But the tracks have a wonderful precision that lifts them out of any kind of cheap sugariness: "Anne-Marie", "Mystery Of Love" and "Steal Your Thunder" have this stingy, mealncholy vibe that runs through them.
Posted on 14 Feb 2014 09:32:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2014 09:49:50 GMT
Mr. M. G. Page says:
More Stephen Sondheim than Donald Fagan, I'd say. (e.g Avenue of Stars; Steal Your Thunder)
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