Prefab Sprout
Let's Change the World With Music


5.0
classic

Review

by AnimalsAsSummit USER (25 Reviews)
January 27th, 2019 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I love music, and when I die...I'll tell Saint Peter, if he's the one asks me why: 'She's richer than money, and bigger than fame... And love is the reason I'm playing this game...'

Be prepared, because I'm about to sound off on what is definitely one of my favorite albums ever, perhaps in my top ten.... And, arguably, the finest moment in the career of Prefab Sprout, which I know will be hotly contested, especially given my love for this odd gem. It also should be noted that this is mostly a Paddy McAloon solo effort under the name "Prefab Sprout", with some very minimal yet ever-present contributions from the band members throughout. "Let's Change the World With Music" brings together an immaculate frontier of sound design, refined production, mature lyricism, and unhinged beauty that is so effortless, it inspires the listener immediately. Now that all the gushing is through, let's get into the actual stuff you will find on this joyous album.

This album is often pinned down as Prefab Sprout's foray into house music, which I find a bit laughable, being a fan of progressive/ deep house music. The entire album is primarily organic instrumentation, so it can be assumed that the references made to this being "house music" is related to the fact that it is immaculately produced, and thus the drumming and more beat-oriented rhythmic choices fool people into thinking this is somehow electronic in nature. This is more or less an ambient pop album, but one that seriously grooves to the fullest, and sounds as fresh as the band did in the 1980s. Many tracks on here give off the impression that they were recorded in the mid-90s; it's quite curious. The first track, "Let There Be Music", gives listeners a taste of what this album has to offer, starting with an off with a smooth dance beat backed by a stuttering Hammond B-3 synth, lush piano, and McAloon's booming godlike vocals. It sounds like something off of Seal's "Seal" or "Seal II" (in other words, totally awesome).

The lyricism here sees Paddy becoming older and reflecting more on humanity and his own spirituality. He does so with here with a clever and slightly sarcastic smirk on his face, but you can never tell if he's bluffing. It's all a part of the magic. A gorgeous conception of life and its curiosities. Paddy could be a successful modern poet or novelist, yet he decided to do both with his undying love for music. That is another thing that attracts me deeply to this work; McAloon's ability to spin fairytales with words of divine optimism and realism. This album is Paddy's love-letter to God, people, love, and music. Such seemingly simple things in life that are anything but. Paddy wears his heart on his sleeve like few other musicians dare to, not falling into the tempting art of satisfying the craving to fill a hole with lyrics of pain and suffering. No, McAloon sees such lyrical regularities as far too conventional, and anything but artistically effective.

Paddy McAloon has the unique skill of being able to create perfect pop songs. Through his genius obsession with major 7 chords, he has spun songs that time and time again revel in their ability to be wonderous, triumphant anthems. I've shown Prefab Sprout to friends, to which they say it sounds like "music that could be in an anime". Little do they know McAloon's perfected the musical formula for giving off this impression to newcomers of the band. One could say this is how it would sound if Joe Hisaishi sat down and wrote the instrumentals for a pop album.

So that about does it. I can't say enough good things about this album. I could break down every single melodic moment, every soundscape, every lyric and why it all moves my heart. That gets tiring, and with music this good, its completely unnessecary. The lyrics I chose for the summary of this review, from the song "I Love Music", sums up everything very well. This album is criminally underrated even for a Prefab Sprout album, and its probably because McAloon queitly releassed it in 2009 without much fuss. Meanwhile the bloggers of the day were out sleeping on a full-fledged masterpiece. A work for the ages. Once you hear it, everything will make sense.



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AnimalsAsSummit
January 26th 2019


3769 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I love this band's music

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AgentDeathbat
January 27th 2019


9596 Comments


Nice review!
This album's title makes me cringe a little, but fuck it. I'll give this a shot.

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SandwichBubble
January 27th 2019


9344 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I wish I loved myself as much as you seem to like Prefab Sprout, Animals. Straight zealotry

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AnimalsAsSummit
January 27th 2019


3769 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@agent definitely try it : )



@sandwich very true man.... I see you don't like this album too much though?

SandwichBubble
January 27th 2019


9344 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Always was a hit or miss group/solo for me.

Momus is the only solo-act pop weirdo I can stand to listen to

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2019


14655 Comments


Hey guys, it's been like 4 reviews since the last Amo review I think we really need to step it up

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2019


18121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review Animals.

This is my least favorite of theirs aside from Gunman. Too monotonous and the lyrics/song titles are kinda cringey at times, as someone else mentioned.

Good album overall, but hardly what I'd point to when identifying why this band is so special and amazing.

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AnimalsAsSummit
January 27th 2019


3769 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@neek wtf is Amo



@Talons Disagree entirely. Love the lyrics, they are quite mature. As a music producer, I can tell you this album is production perfection. I would expect nothing less from a perfectionist like Paddy. This album alone has some of my favorite songs of all-time on it.

DoofDoof
January 27th 2019


2153 Comments


So when is this Animal Ass Summit I keep hearing about?

The world really needs to wake up to the threat of cataclysmic baboon butts

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DoofDoof
January 27th 2019


2153 Comments


Also good band, good review

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2019


18121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some of these song titles are what I imagine a 5-year-old would come up with but alright.

The production is great yea, I more meant the plodding rhythms and general sameyness. I find I enjoy the songs a lot more when I listen to a couple at a time out of order. But like I said I still like this a lot and can't say it's really lacking in any way.

AnimalsAsSummit
January 27th 2019


3769 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

whadup doof



@talons I hear you.... What you found a bit childish, I think I find unabashedly earnest. This whole album is so sincere... I love it.

theYearis1999
January 27th 2019


67 Comments


Ride is an amazing song. That main driving harmony is to die for.

AnimalsAsSummit
January 27th 2019


3769 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

YES!!!! Tell me when you finish this one dude

theYearis1999
January 27th 2019


67 Comments


"I love music, in every style
From Clair de lune, to that motherfucker Miles"


What the f dude lol this is hilarious but actually so good at points. Where do you find this shit.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 27th 2019


18121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I’m not trying to be negative, the album is very creative like always, and as you said earnest.

This was supposed to be the follow-up to Jordan, written and recorded in demo form in 1993 but didn’t get finished for some reason until 2009.

AnimalsAsSummit
January 28th 2019


3769 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i hear you! I did read something about that. probably why it sounds dated, but in a good way.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2019


18121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a good listen after Jordan, it works as a more stripped down and digestible follow-up after how ambitious Jordan was. Falling in Love is my favorite.

AnimalsAsSummit
January 28th 2019


3769 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I agree that is a great track... the way it develops is wonderful

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2019


18121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You gonna review Gunman and Crimson/Red? All their others have reviews it looks like, except his solo album I Trawl the Megahertz.

I listened to this again and it’s great but I feel like Crimson/Red is their best newer album, aside from Megahertz if that counts.



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