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Smart, sophisticated, and timelessly stylish, Steve McQueen (titled Two Wheels Good in the U.S. after threats of a lawsuit from the actor's estate) is a minor classic, a shimmering jazz-pop masterpiece sparked by Paddy McAloon's witty and inventive songwriting. McAloon is a wickedly cavalier composer, his songs exploring human weaknesses like regret ("Bonny"), lust ("Appetite"), and infidelity ("Horsin' Around") with cynical insight and sarcastic flair; he's also remarkably adaptable, easily switching gears from the faux country of "Faron Young" to the stately pop grace of "Moving the River." At times, perhaps, his pretensions get the better of him (as on "Desire As"), while at other times his lyrics are perhaps too trenchant for their own good; at those moments, however, what keeps Steve McQueen afloat is Thomas Dolby's lush production, which makes even the loftiest and most biting moments as easily palatable as the airiest adult contemporary confection.
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Performance CreditsPrefab Sprout Primary Artist
Thomas Dolby Keyboards,Musician
Mark Lockheart Saxophone
Wendy Smith Vocals,Track Performer
Neil Conti Drums,Track Performer
Martin McAloon Bass,Track Performer
Paddy McAloon Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Technical CreditsThomas Dolby Producer,Remixing
Phil Thornalley Producer
Tim Hunt Engineer
Andrew Scarth Engineer
Chris Sheldon Engineer
Paddy McAloon Composer