Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Prefab Sprout From Langley Park To Memphis




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From Langley Park to Memphis is Prefab Sprout's spiritual journey into the heart of American culture; obsessed with rock 'n' roll ("The King of Rock 'n' Roll") and Bruce Springsteen ("Cars and Girls"), fascinated with gospel music ("Venus of the Soup Kitchen") and locked in a love/hate relationship with New York City ("Hey! Manhattan"), Paddy McAloon turns an iconoclastic eye to the other side of the Atlantic in order to make some sense of it all. An airy, lounge-pop feel permeates the record, which also sports cameos from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Pete Townshend. Still, while ambitious in both concept and execution, From Langley Park to Memphis pales in comparison to its masterful predecessor Two Wheels Good -- a shortcoming acknowledged by Prefab Sprout themselves with the title of their next album, Jordan: The Comeback.

3 comments:

friend of rachel worth said...

I remember being a tad disappointed when this came out , although over time it has grown and grown on me. Agree not up their with Steve McQ or Jordan but still miles better than most other stuff out there. Worth it for the Brucie piss take alone

Iano1 said...

What do people be thinking of when designing their covers?

Aid00 said...

Yer Not The Greatest Cover Ever, But A Great Album All The Same

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