Best of Prefab Sprout: A Life of Surprises

Best of Prefab Sprout: A Life of Surprises

by Prefab Sprout
     
 

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Prefab Sprout was always too good for the radio. Hearing the band's immaculate, gorgeously crafted pop songs alongside disposable, unimaginative records seemed like blasphemy. Perhaps many American radio programmers felt the same way, as most of this best-of compilation is obscure to U.S. listeners. While Two Wheels Good andSee more details below

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Prefab Sprout was always too good for the radio. Hearing the band's immaculate, gorgeously crafted pop songs alongside disposable, unimaginative records seemed like blasphemy. Perhaps many American radio programmers felt the same way, as most of this best-of compilation is obscure to U.S. listeners. While Two Wheels Good and From Langley Park to Memphis are superior purchases, A Life of Surprises is an engaging introduction to a group that is nowhere near as bizarre as its name. Much has been said about Paddy McAloon's warm, comforting voice, but like Paul Heaton of the Housemartins and the Beautiful South, his soothing croon can sometimes hide some pretty depressing lyrics. "When Love Breaks Down" is classic '80s new wave heartache: teary-eyed synthesizers, downtrodden basslines, and McAloon's whispery talk create a film noir atmosphere of deep sadness. The lyrics are sharpened by his adult observations. "When love breaks down/You join the wrecks/Who leave their hearts for easy sex," McAloon sings. The brutal honesty of those lines easily elevate "When Love Breaks Down" to the top class of breakup songs. Even more powerful is "Goodbye Lucille No. 1 (Johnny Johnny)," sung from the perspective of a man trying to make a close friend get over a girl who has rejected him. The words are frank and painfully realistic as McAloon doesn't sugarcoat the dialogue. McAloon rips into his buddy's futile romantic fantasies and lets the hard light of reality shine upon him: "Ooh Johnny Johnny Johnny you won't make it any better/Ooh Johnny Johnny Johnny you might well make it worse." If this sounds dreary it should be noted that Prefab Sprout isn't one of those grim British raincoat bands. The group has a number of wonderfully upbeat moments, such as on the exhilarating "Hey Manhattan!" and "Cars and Girls," a clever commentary on Bruce Springsteen's preoccupation with automobiles and women.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/1992
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645284729
catalogNumber:
52847

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prefab Sprout   Primary Artist,Multi Instruments
Richard Cottle   Keyboards
Paul Harvey   Guitar
Steve Lipson   Multi Instruments
Peter Vitesse   Organ
Gavyn Wright   Conductor,Leader
Richard Kottle   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Thomas Dolby   Producer,Remixing
Prefab Sprout   Producer,Instrumentation
Phil Thornalley   Producer
David Brewls   Producer
Jon Kelly   Producer
Steve Lipson   Producer,Instrumentation
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Public Image Ltd.   Composer
Andy Richards   Producer
Peter Barrett   Artwork
Paddy McAloon   Producer,Liner Notes
Andrew Biscomb   Artwork,Cover Design
Wil Malone   Arranger,String Arrangements
Dave Brewis   Producer

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