As a long time fan of Prefab Sprout, i was impatient to listen to Paddy's last album. But i've been a little disappointed, because expecting too much perhaps... And something else definitely. The album lacks the usual lavishness of entangled multiple melodies, it sounds less creative and complex than his former works, except for a few of the songs. It is definitely a bit too much religious oriented, which doesn't mean that it benefits from some kind of divine inspiration, as it was the case in his former albums. In the contrary, it makes the whole work too much oriented and boring, even though expressing his - formerly not overtly talked about - religious feelings may have been for Paddy an important thing at a personal level... Indeed, Gospels may have been be what Paddy Mc Aloon needed to hear at the time he wrote "Let's change the world with music". But for a work directed to the "general listeners", that's a bit too much of a pushing gospel, heared again and again in thick layers and in every song. as if the listener couldn't understand well and needed a further dose of "Jesus ahkbar" to get the message. I'd rather give one of his older albums to listen to friends in a casual relaxed evening context.
A few of the songs anyway are to be crowned and sound like "pure Prefab Sprout. But i read that his lyrics were written and recorded many years ago.. Then the album is not new.. I'd like then to hear what Paddy would create now in 2009.