I Trawl the Megahertz

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
I Trawl the Megahertz, Paddy McAloon's first solo album, is as likely to perplex and infuriate as it is likely to stun and spellbind. Grand, heavily orchestrated, predominantly instrumental, and not the type of thing you put on prior to going out or when you're in the mood for cleaning the house, the record is incredibly powerful -- almost too powerful -- even when held up against everything from Prefab Sprout's past. The most significant song is the opener; 22 minutes in length, it's nearly elegiac in it its mournful tones played out by a swaying string arrangement and a weeping trumpet. Throughout its duration, Yvonne Connors speaks matter-of-factly -- yet dramatically ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
I Trawl the Megahertz, Paddy McAloon's first solo album, is as likely to perplex and infuriate as it is likely to stun and spellbind. Grand, heavily orchestrated, predominantly instrumental, and not the type of thing you put on prior to going out or when you're in the mood for cleaning the house, the record is incredibly powerful -- almost too powerful -- even when held up against everything from Prefab Sprout's past. The most significant song is the opener; 22 minutes in length, it's nearly elegiac in it its mournful tones played out by a swaying string arrangement and a weeping trumpet. Throughout its duration, Yvonne Connors speaks matter-of-factly -- yet dramatically enough to be poignant -- as she rifles through fragments of her memory, the most disarming of which reads like this: "I said, 'Your daddy loves you very much; he just doesn't want to live with us anymore.'" Of the eight remaining songs, McAloon's voice is present on just one, which doesn't come along until near the end. This song, the particularly autumnal "Sleeping Rough," is almost as emblematic of the album as the opener, expressing a somewhat sorrowful but content coming to grips with the passage of time "I'll grow a long and silver beard and let it reach my knees". The album was conceived during and in the wake of McAloon's bout with an illness that temporarily took away his eyesight, but it's plain to hear that his vision remains.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2003
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724358391022
  • Catalog Number: 583910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Trawl the Megahertz (22:06)
  2. 2 Esprit de Corps (4:51)
  3. 3 Fall from Grace (3:38)
  4. 4 We Were Poor... (4:49)
  5. 5 Orchid 7 (4:20)
  6. 6 I'm 49 (3:48)
  7. 7 Sleeping Rough (3:34)
  8. 8 Ineffable (2:42)
  9. 9 ...But We Were Happy (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paddy McAloon Primary Artist
Julian Arguelles Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Greg Lawson Violin
Gerard Presencer Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Robert Irvine Cello
Corky Anderson Percussion
Brian Schiele Viola
Rick Standley Double Bass
Johann Sebastian Barcode Keyboards
Robert McFall Orchestra Strings
Robert McFall Violin
Technical Credits
David McGuinness String Arrangements
Paddy McAloon Producer
Johann Sebastian Barcode Programming
Calum Malcome Producer, Engineer
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