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3.0 out of 5 stars Four things missing..., 22 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Let's Change The World With Music (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 24 Sep 2009, 00:18:55 BST
David says:
I'd recommend reading the CD's liner notes. These are demos from 1993 - the "album" never got made.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2009, 09:50:34 BST
T. Hooper says:
David

Thanks for your feedback. Absolutely, this is a collection of demoes but unlike 'Protest Songs' which was released in similar circumstances, this seems to be being promoted as a full-blown Prefan Sprout LP, which seems a little disingenuous.

On a slightly oblique note, Paddy's sleevenotes make a big thing about these not being 'religious' songs, but boy is God hard to miss on this one!

Posted on 25 Sep 2009, 13:51:18 BST
nudger99 says:
Spot on, plus how much better it would have been with Thomas Dolby producing

Posted on 11 Oct 2009, 02:30:06 BST
Randall says:
But 'Protest Songs' isn't a collection of demos, it's a finished album. Several months after Steve McQueen was released, "When Love Breaks Down" (which had been released as a single four different times in the UK without chart success) finally became a hit, and CBS feared a new album would hurt its predecessor's sales, so it's release was shelved. It's a shame because 'Protest Songs' and 'Let's Change the World With Music' deserved better from the record label.

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