Prefab Sprout
From Langley Park To Memphis


5.0
classic

Review

by AnimalsAsSummit USER (26 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2018 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If singing birds must sing, with no question of choice Then living is our song, indeed our voice

Prefab Sprout arrived in 1988 with two highly acclaimed albums already behind them. With their latest release, 'From Langley Park to Memphis' set to release in March, the band was anxious and in high hopes that the new record could fulfill the sonic aftermath left by the magnificent sophisti-pop odyssey that is 'Steve McQueen'. Thankfully, in my eyes and in the eyes of many others, it succeeded in this feat and then some.

It is perhaps best not to compare 'From Langley Park to Memphis' to 'Steve McQueen', because even though they both have a sound that is unmistakably Prefab Sprout hard at work crafting dreamscapes, they both differ quite a bit stylistically. Instead of creating a second 'Steve McQueen', Prefab Sprout focus on making a cinematic pop experience with production that is grandiose and sweeping. While the first track, "King of Rock and Roll" gives us a funky and wonky synthpop anthem, the rest of the album takes a much more laid back and refined approach, utilizing synths and strings to create dazzling environments.

Whether its the song "I Remember That" or "Nightingales" (which features amazing harmonica from Stevie Wonder), the entire album brings forth a gorgeous pop sound that seems to reside in a far off dream or memory. Although not dreampop as one would traditionally think of it, that may be the most appropriate description for the music on here. With both Paddy McAloon and Thomas Dolby producing these tracks, they simply exude perfect mixing techniques. This is definitively one of the best produced albums out there. "Hey Manhatten" is another classic track that really exemplifies the artistic standard this album sets for pop music: impossibly high.

The album ends with "The Venus of the Soup Kitchen", a song that almost sounds straight out of End of Evangelion and one that hit me right away with its strange and mesmerizing beauty that sounded all too familiar upon when I had first heard it. It crescendoes into a spiraling, angelic melody packed with rich lyricism and poetic contrast that highlights how one views life. Whether you're in Langley Park or in Memphis, you're always going to feel this need to be in the place that you are not; to go on an adventure. Only to find that home is always the place one wishes to return to time and time again.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2018


19067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

uhhhhh



BOI

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AnimalsAsSummit
March 23rd 2018


4236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yknow me i love this group ahhhh



crimson/red and lets change the world w music reviews comin before u know it ;)





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foxblood
March 23rd 2018


10088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome! cars and girls man

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2018


19067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The dying to the new, plain enchantment

Ain't no purple rain quite like it


AnimalsAsSummit
March 23rd 2018


4236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

cars and girls is divine. enchanted is one of my favorite tracks as well. speaking of which, this whole album is insane in how harmonious and mystical it is. no matter the lyrical topic its weaved in a way that seems to compel a feeling of being spellbound.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2018


19067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Knock on Wood is an underrated cut.

AnimalsAsSummit
March 24th 2018


4236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

agreed its a very sublime track

AnimalsAsSummit
August 17th 2019


4236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Please please please if you haven't listened to this band stop what you're doing and check this out

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2019


17479 Comments


Trash ass band

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2019


19067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh no

AnimalsAsSummit
August 18th 2019


4236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"Trash ass band" Precious

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2019


142 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

too many folks feeling carsick



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