This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Steve McQueen

Prefab Sprout

1985

Wikipedia

Steve McQueen

Rating

3.01

Votes

3346

Reviews

Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
View Author
5

When people say they don't understand this album, or that it's "too 80's" , what they really mean is that they have never felt soaring, impossible limerance and soul-wrenching heartbreak; their lives have been absent of love and loss. Or, even worse, that they have bad taste in music. Five soulful stars suckas

👍
View Author
4

Never heard of these chaps, but blimey, this is some great '80s pop. The opening track had me thinking this would sound like a cross between Oingo Boingo and the Smiths, but that notion faded quickly as the album went on. They have a cool, optimistic sound. Wikipedia calls it "sophisti-pop" which is funny but seems fitting. Nowhere near as bright and synthy as the usual '80s fare, but I think that works to their advantage, as it doesn't sound so dated. At times, this even reminded me of acts like Beach House and Tame Impala, real hipster stuff. I really dig this album. Favorite tracks: Bonny, Goodbye Lucille #1, Desire As. Album art: Hell yeah. A soft British pop band dressed in tough guy jackets and paying homage to Steve McQueen. I'm pleasantly surprised to learn that the woman featured is actually in the band! Keyboards and some vocals, like a Vicki St. Elmo. The jackets are cool, the motorcycle is cool, the fog, the barbed wire fence, everything is cool. Steve McQueen is cool. This band is really cool. 4/5

👍
View Author
3

J'ai passé un très bon moment devant cet album de manualisme

👍
View Author
5

Hit me in a very fitting time of my life

👍
View Author
4

Conocía When Love Breaks Down. Un 4.

👍
View Author
4

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.

👍
View Author
3

Le groupe Prefabs Prout n'a jamais percé et il en est très complexé. Cet album concept intitulé "Steve McQueen" du nom de l'acteur connu n'aborde qu'un seul thème : la célébrité. Le projet est en quelque sorte une réponse à la deuxième ligne de leur page Wikipedia française qui avait semé la zizanie au sein du groupe.

👍
View Author
2

My god. What part of this album did they say “wow people need to hear this before they die?” Maybe it’s something British that I don’t understand but the whole Steve McQueen bit doesn’t work at all for this album. I’d bet money that one of those tossers saw that bike on the road and said “Oy! Look at me I’m Bullet” and that’s how they took their album cover. I’m not sure where they came up with their name either but nothing about this band and album makes any sense to me. To be clear, I did like Bonny. That was a good song, but like a few others on this list, one good song shouldn’t get you this far. This is just a case of one too many bands of the time trying to vie for my attention. The last thing I am looking for is a new 80’s British Pop band to add to my collection. I’m also enjoying the beat on Horsin’ Around but this whole album kind of feels like that is what they were doing. Also the guy in the back standing up looks like Bill from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

👍
View Author
5

i already knew this album but i love it, always worth a listen

👍
View Author
5

I'm very sad that I haven't heard about this album until now. I'm getting pretty strong smiths vibes and kapput-era Destroyer (which is my favorite album of all time, so I'm pretty happy about this). The guitars are so crisp on this album, really kind of fresh and refreshing sounding. The melodies are absolute jams, that sometimes go in strange directions that I didn't expect at all, so I was kept on my toes. I feel like bands like War on Drugs and other modern synth rock/pop really encapsulate this same sound, but I found that this album was surprisingly more forward thinking, experimental and interesting than modern synthpop. There's something so smooth about these songs that make them extremely listenable despite throwing in experimental-isms throughout the album. This is definitely going on my "listen again" list.

👍
View Author
5

An immaculately produced jazz-pop record... Technically every song is a winner. Every song invokes a mood, and that’s a mood I want to be in all the time. STANDOUTS: -Faron Young -Bonny -Appetite -When Love Breaks Down -Goodbye Lucille #1 -Moving the River -Horsin’ Around -When the Angels

👍
View Author
5

New wave hoedown on compact disc

👍
View Author
5

Engineered by the great Thomas Dolby, the sound quality of this album is superb. This is an album of perfection that never tires or grows old. Why can’t all albums be this way?

👍
View Author
5

Astounding record without a single bad track. The songwriting by McAloon is phenomenally done, and the instrumentation sounds gorgeous. This album could have came out yesterday, it sounds that great. This is another band I had never heard of prior to listening to the track, but this has become one of my favorite listens all year.

👍
View Author
5

Totally surprised by this album!

👍
View Author
5

8/26 Damn good pop. Standout Tracks: Faron Young, Appetite, Hallelujah, Horsin' Around, Blueberry Pies, When the Angels

👍
View Author
5

This could have been recorded by The 1975. Sounds great, really catchy end to end.

👍
View Author
5

Loved it

👍
View Author
5

Holy shit did this album catch me by surprise. I had never even heard of Prefab Sprout before this and I loved every track on this album. This might be the first album this generator has introduced me to for the first time that I absolutely, fully enjoyed. Literally don't have enough good things to say about it. Fav songs: bonny, when love breaks down, goodbye lucille

👍
View Author
5

This was beautiful. I loved how sweet it sounded.

👍
View Author
5

Afar góð plata. Svona á 80s að vera.

👍
View Author
5

I love this album so much, I've become so obsessed in such little time. It's just that good. The first 5 songs.... just hit after hit for me. Highlights: Faron Young, Bonny, Appetite, When Love Breaks Down, Goodbye Lucille #1, Hallelujah

👍
View Author
5

I LOVED this

👍
View Author
5

This didn't make a huge splash in the US, but it was a vital piece of 1980's college radio. It's among the best Side A to be found, with solid tracks back-to-back. This re-listen gave me a reason to revisit why I never "flip over the record", and was reminded that the second side is considerably less consistent. However, the rush of Faron, Bonny, Appetite, When Love Breaks Down, and Goodbye Lucille #1 more than justifies a solid rating. I'd give it 9 our of ten, but will round up for sheer nostalgia value and Thomas Dolby's production.

👍
View Author
5

I have always admired Paddy McAloon as a songwriter. The 80s frequently get a bad rap musically. While I have a lot of issues with a lot of the production (overproduction) in the 80s, there is a great deal of good songcraft to come from that decade. For fans of sophisticated pop, Prefab Sprout’s Steve McQueen is near the top of that list. With obvious tips of the hat to Pasul McCartney and Elvis Costello, with some additional jazz-pop elements thrown in, Steve McQueen is a great listen from start to finish.

👍
View Author
4

Pretty good british synth/jazz pop. 9/10

👍
View Author
4

Great punk album, really enjoyable listen!

👍
View Author
4

some of this is peak pop

👍
View Author
4

A total classic. One of the best live albums of all time.

👍
View Author
4

Totally not what I expected from the cover. Soft and sensual, yet still packing a punch with some songs.

👍
View Author
4

Surprisingly good 80s pop, no standout songs but overall a enjoyable album

👍
View Author
4

strong start, weaker finish. some nice 80s pop, catchy and fun

👍
View Author
4

Catchy, nice 80s pop/rock. I dig it.

👍
View Author
4

Have this one on vinyl. A fan obviously. I'm a sucker for most British sophistipop. Love the Thomas Dolby production. Very crisp and three dimensional. Sounds great on headphones. So many nice touches in the arrangements throughout. The banjo on Faron Young may be my favorite use of banjo in all of recorded music. The more I listen to this the more details I enjoy.

👍
View Author
4

A ghostly yet warm experience of beautiful storytelling. Some ambitious and catchy songs. However, latter half of the album develops into a cringey 80s sitcom dozefest.

👍
View Author
4

it was such good british 80s pop. all around such a fun listen

👍
View Author
4

Sonorités modernes malgré l'âge de l'album, des paroles originales et ambiances planantes par moments!

👍
View Author
4

Riktigt bra!

👍
View Author
4

Bängeri? Skön pop. Låter som om det inte sku vara något jag gillar men på något sätt så funkar de bara

👍
View Author
4

Never heard of these guys. I enjoyed it for the most part. Very 80s with a hint of new wave.

👍
View Author
4

Este disco me lo compré en el viaje de fin de estudios del instituto. Ha sido agradable volverlo a escuchar. Las mejores para mí: Faron young, Bonny, When love breaks down, Goodbye Lucille #1 y para terminar When the angels. Un grupo inglés que sonaba a ratos como americano y que realmente tenían unas voces impresionantes. Totalmente recomendable.

👍
View Author
4

Some great songs

👍
View Author
4

Holy enjoyment, Batman! An album with a jangle pop inflection that I actually enjoy? What a marvel... This record has a lot of stellar things going for it, from the genuinely fun songwriting to the delivery of the band. The drums and bass lines do exactly what they need to do without sounding flat or invisible, the flourish of guitar and synths give the songs great personality, and Paddy McAloon on vocals is a genuinely pretty good singer. All in all, this is an easy album for me to enjoy, though the slower songs didn't quite capture me. Either way, a great album!

👍
View Author
4

Loved this album when it first came out and love it still.

👍
View Author
4

Surprisingly good album. All the tracks have a nice casual swag about them. You could set this album on repeat and go about your business very contently. It really is a pleasant album to listen to in almost any situation. 4 Stars!

👍
View Author
4

Great, feelings, emotions, love.

👍
View Author
4

I listened to the Legacy edition & the US bonus tracks, enjoyed it, maybe the acoustics moreso. Very reminiscent of a casual outdoor playlist, just having part of the album on in the background outside. Reminded me of Dire Straits meets David Gilmour

👍
View Author
4

lighting mcqueen would be happy!

👍
View Author
4

No mistaking the decade … 18 when this came out … and I liked them then …some great pop tunes … some beautiful writing … I do struggle with the production massive reverb over everything … ultimately gets in the way for me

👍
View Author
4

Muy bello.

👍
View Author
4

Very good, never fantastic tho so no 5 star.

👍
View Author
4

Really liked this album!

👍
View Author
4

Band names are so fun. All the words, in all the languages and these dudes landed on Prefab Sprout. Nothing else would do. Had to be Prefab Sprout. Ha. There’s nothing about this album that sounds anything remotely like whatever it is the name Prefab Sprout conjures in my head… and yet, yeah, a lot of this is pretty good! Who are these Sprouts? Why have I never heard or seen a word about this band anywhere ever? Band names. God bless ‘em.

👍
View Author
4

Tricksy, whimsical, luminous - manages to be sophisticated but there are pop hooks all over the place. There's a dizzying array of influences on display here, from Harold Arlen to Squeeze; and I would wager that a couple of guys in Jellyfish had this album. Lovely stuff!

👍
View Author
4

Never heard of 'em. Why do I love this? It's not really grabbing me but... everything is perfect at the same time? I listened to this three times yesterday. Can't believe I've never heard any of this. I kept expecting their hit to play and it never came.

👍
View Author
4

Bland 80s pop, but it begins to shake that on the backend in favor of stuff with a little more variety and soul.

👍
View Author
4

Excellent songwriting, great lyrics, fantastic performances from the musicians. Honestly, the biggest thing holding this back from 5 stars for me is that it can feel very dated in the 80s at times. But damn, it is a rock solid album.

👍
View Author
4

Based on The King of Rock and Roll, I was expecting to hear more New Wave-influenced pop, but I enjoyed the more atmospheric pop ballads as well. Thanks to my late English friend David for introducing me to Prefab Sprout a few years back.

👍
View Author
4

Clever lyrics, interesting harmonies.. unexpectedly fun

👍
View Author
4

7/10. Felt somewhere between Elvis Costello and the Police… Pretty good.

👍
View Author
4

lighthearted dreamy synthpop Elvis Costello

👍
View Author
4

3.75

👍
View Author
4

I bought my copy second hand and it came from the library of a radio station (not sure which). They labelled the album with \"Mellow, contemporary, soft rock\". Which is kind of apt when you think about it. Paddy McAloon is a genius song writer since re-discovering Prefab Sprout through my wife, I have always wondered why they weren't bigger.

👍
View Author
4

Very entertaining. The first five tracks on the album are super strong, though they have a heavily produced 80's feel with a bunch of sounds that would be in an ABC video. It tapers off a bit at the end, but really enjoyable.

👍
View Author
4

Double up

👍
View Author
4

Ägde

👍
View Author
4

Really pretty. I dig the sound

👍
View Author
4

De va swag fr

👍
View Author
4

I liked it

👍
View Author
4

Great jazz-inspired rock album

👍
View Author
4

Now who doesn't love the McAloon Bros! Their lyricism and pure pop approach has so many facets (Some tongue in cheek of course. Spoiler Alert: I Prefer Jordan-The Comeback, to this Album but it still ahs a lot of positives. Love the Title Track and "Faron Young" which is a great opener. Absolute favourite on this album though is "Horsin' Around" which in my opinion shows the bands strengths in both songwriting and musicianship. (echoes of Steely Dan methinks!) Great Album rightfully on the list.

👍
View Author
4

Beautiful album, easily the best of Prefab Sprout

👍
View Author
4

What at first sounds like a typical 80s pop record is actually full of long, complex songs and excellent lyrics. Styles don't change, but shift, from track to track and the music explores a lot of sonic ground.

👍
View Author
4

Likable and sweet. Needs more spinns.

👍
View Author
4

Muito bom.

👍
View Author
4

Some 80s VH1 vibes

👍
View Author
4

började som en fyra men föll lite platt mot slutet. dom fyra första låtarna är kanon

👍
View Author
4

First one of these new wave albums I finished in a while. OK GO vibes at spots.

👍
View Author
4

For some reason me and my friend Tara, the guitar player in our jazz band, got ahold of this album back in the day. We were in the most whitebread suburban part of middle America but we sure dug Prefab Sprout. Made our own t-shirts using my brand new Macintosh. Being in high school in the 80's was pretty much the best .

👍
View Author
4

Definite vibes from this one.

👍
View Author
3

Annoying 80s new wave music, not enjoyable.

👍
View Author
3

1985. Key Songs: Bonny, Faron Young

👍
View Author
3

its alright

👍
View Author
3

Light, bubble gum pop, upbeat but a little too saccharine

👍
View Author
3

Ok but nothing really stands out

👍
View Author
3

Surprised I've never heard of them before. Pretty enjoyable listen

👍
View Author
3

Preeetttyy cheesy in parts, hopefully on purpose. "I'm turkey hungry, I'm chicken free." - wtf. "I'll be free as old confetti." - yowza. Hallelujah is super nice. Big harmonies in Desire As. Lots of Sex on Toast and Vaudeville Smash vibes.

👍
View Author
3

Very 80s, but not in a way that interests me. Bit too poppy for me, but I suppose it's fine for what it is.

👍
View Author
3

Bit too soft poppy

👍
View Author
3

hot dog jumping frog

👍
View Author
3

Chillaxin, a bit too chillaxin

👍
View Author
3

🌱

👍
View Author
3

I could see myself getting into this to some extent, but something about it feels, I don't know... empty?

👍
View Author
3

omg, SOOO 1985. that was not a particularly good year for music, as i recall. not a favorite.

👍
View Author
3

Nice.

👍
View Author
3

Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Well produced.

👍
View Author
3

meh

👍
View Author
3

Pop sin estridencias. No destaca especialmente, aunque es agradable de escuchar

👍
View Author
3

Beautiful songs with vibrant melodies and elegant arrangements. I personally preferred From Langley because of the songs, but this one is pretty goo too

👍
View Author
3

Chock full of 80s tropes, done stylishly. The emotional backdrop of this album interests me - the overall tone is earnest but cool, which allows songs to explore nuanced adult feelings. Some of the synthesized tones, especially the overused vocal backgrounds, sound rather cheap and dated. The songwriting is proficient, the voice and studio production are clear.

👍
View Author
3

Good pop songs. Never heard before

👍
View Author
3

"Antiques! Every other sentiments an antique As obsolete as warships in the baltic" (Faron Young) "Here she is with two small problems And the best part of the blame Wishes she could call him heartache But it's not a boy's name" (Appetite) "Life's not complete Till your heart's missed a beat" (Goodbye Lucille #1) Bastantes frasacas, pero me parece que estoy demasiado dormida para apreciar algo tan de tranqui. Me lo tendré que poner otra vez un día que lleve encima más cafés.

👍
View Author
3

Een leuk album maar niet heel bijzonder

👍
View Author
3

Goes v well with quorn bolognese

👍
View Author
3

Enjoyed their songs in college

👍
View Author
3

coming age film but like the prom scene

👍
View Author
3

Never heard of this group. Enjoyed the album.

👍
View Author
3

Sounds pretty original.

👍
View Author
3

Familiar, upbeat, juvenil. Ta bien.

👍
View Author
3

I’ll be surprised if I like this based solely on the cover haha jk going in judgement free. first song, okay so i barely know country but theres some here, right?lol. i liked the melody for the 'you give me faron young 4 in the morning' line. second song is way nicer. appetite is what i expected from an album from the 80s lol. veeeery nice. this has to be their most popular song, right? 4th song, nice too. honestly other than the first song im liking every track. i've mostly skipped the 8 acoustic versions.. what little i heard is nice but i dont want to listen to essentially the same 8 songs twice

👍
View Author
3

Definitely sounds like the era it was released in. The copious amounts of banjo in the first track was a pleasant surprise. I went in blind here and was fairly pleasantly surprised. Definitely some weaker tracks and a lot of it is cheesey pop but a pretty solid record

👍
View Author
3

Haha it’s very 80s ain't it? Dude sounds like George Michael in Wham! a bit. I think I liked “Horsin’ around” the most with the Bossa Nova style cus it was a little different, not really my thing as a whole though.

👍
View Author
3

its ok, but gets boring

👍
View Author
3

A very pleasant 80s "new wave" pop album. The production is quite different then a lot of its contemporaries in the 80s british new wave scene. Singer-songwriter pop with some very interesting lyrical work. The album has a few tracks that stood out a bit but for the most part its consistency is easily its strongest asset. There was never anything to dislike even if the highs weren't soaring either.

👍
View Author
3

Good music. Very easy to listen to, a few songs were a bit boring, but most songs were really good.

👍
View Author
3

ok

👍
View Author
3

Rätt bra. Härliga synthar. Bästa låtar: Bonny Appetite When Love Breaks Down

👍
View Author
3

Unrelated to my thoughts on the rest of the album, but "Faron Young" instantly made me think that Prefab Sprout had lifted the riff from Dr. Feelgood's "Roxette". Enjoyed "Bonny", less fond of the rest though. The style of the album seems to change with every song, so while I'm sort of trying to like this album, the lack of consistency is a bit frustrating.

👍
View Author
3

Qué cosa tan rara. A veces suena como a broma, otras a algo demasiado elaborado y otras como a algo hecho por una banda de preparatorianos que están aprendiendo a hacer rimas. No lo odié, por lo que no le pongo menos calificación, pero sí es de esas cosas que me cuesta trabajo entender qué hacen aquí. Leo que comparan a Paddy McAloon (el vocalista y compositor) con Bowie o McCartney y pienso que el que escribió eso es sordo o un incitador.

👍
View Author
3

Great guitar work on the album opener. Followed by a great acoustic rocker that reminds me of Aztec Camera. We're off to a great start. Next couple or three lean a little to far to the pop side of the spectrum for my tastes, but the songs are good. And the rest of the album continues in this vein. Good songwriting but the style of music and production keeps me at arms length. 3.5 🌟 in recognition of the songcraft.

👍
View Author
3

The album peters out for me, but I really like the first three tracks.

👍
View Author
3

Really quite liked it. Not sure whether that's something I can be out and proud about, or whether PS should be considered a guilty pleasure. If I must throw in a criticism, the songs can out stay their welcome ever-so-slightly. Though that might be more of a fault with my short attention span

👍
View Author
3

A real shame for me this one. It starts so well, after 3 or 4 tracks I thought this had the makings of a new fave for me, I was hovering over the 5 stars, but then the prefab doubt began to creep in and that went down to 4 by track 6 and down to a generous 3 by the end.

👍
View Author
3

Starter godt men det der britiske rock bliver hurtigt lidt ensformigt og fladt. Mangler noget dynamik

👍
View Author
3

Prefab Sprout's second album was a glorious combination of singing/songwriting and pleasurable tunes. This album has been described as a minor classic - a statement I agree with. Every song holds up on its own, and they all come together for an amazing sophisti-pop album. Never heard of sophisti-pop before, but it's a combination of new wave, jazz, soul, and pop. I'd recommend this album to any fans of pop, jazz, post-punk, and/or indie music.

👍
View Author
3

Melodic, self-conscious new wave indie with winking lyrics, Bacharach and David joining The Smiths as influencers.

👍
View Author
3

Great album!

👍
View Author
3

This album is very meh. I enjoyed Bonny and put that into my regular rotation, but other than that I found it very un-eventful and no songs jumped out (except for maybe Horsin' Around which I disliked). It's OK. I was considering giving it 2 stars as I start actively disliking it towards the 2nd half of the album but in general it is quite inoffensive, and I did add one song to my regular rotation.

👍
View Author
3

Felt completely neutral about this album, far from the worst, far from the best.

👍
View Author
3

Overall the album was okay. It felt very front-loaded with the catchier songs at the beginning and fell down after about the halfway mark. I wouldn't go back but I didn't feel the need to turn it off.

👍
View Author
3

Not bad, easy listening, didn’t really grab me.

👍
View Author
3

Solid britpop, god sangskrivning, keyboard

👍
View Author
3

ok lækkert, ikke så tidspræget føler jeg

👍
View Author
3

Moving the River is the standout track for me.

👍
View Author
3

Reminds me of Lounge version of Elvis Costello. With creative instruments. One thing that kinda drove me nuts: words not seeming to line up with music - like Goodbye Lucille #1. Some of this reminds me of something you’d hear in a mall in the early 90s.

👍
View Author
3

It's a smart album reminiscent of the age it was released. Sounds a bit like The The, but without the oomph. I could listen to it again.

👍
View Author
3

Seemed pretty generic pop. Nothing special

👍
View Author
3

Some nice tracks here actually, I do like some new wave sometimes

👍
View Author
3

Poop

👍
View Author
3

Side 1 full of classic tunes, Side 2 cheesy and boring as hell

👍
View Author
3

Variopinto, al menos. Por momentos, muy pretencioso. Pero like.

👍
View Author
3

I'm really perplexed by this album. At first, the coffee shop hipster vibe really turned me off. I've now listened to this album four times. It's uniqueness has me coming back and trying to figure out what's so special. I have to live with this one before I can truly give it a honest rating. But, for now...

👍
View Author
3

for relax on retail park rally

👍
View Author
3

Knew the band and the singles but had never listened to the album before. First half definitely better than expected, though the album definitely tails off on the second side.

👍
View Author
3

Easy to listen to, while nothing earth shattering. 3

👍
View Author
3

Actual pretty solid

👍
View Author
3

Very well produced for 1985, almost sounds like the music wants to jump out of the speakers. (6/10) FT: Bonny, When Love Breaks Down

👍
View Author
3

Fínasta plata. Dettur aðeins niður í seinni helming.

👍
View Author
3

A nice if unexceptional record. I’d never heard of this group before, but this further confirms my theory that this list is mostly made by white British critics in their forties and fifties picking their favorite stuff rather than trying to get a list of the most important albums of the modern era. Bony was my favorite tack, it had great production and a nice little melody, as was when love breaks down. Maybe I should have known about this group and missing something?

👍
View Author
3

Jesus, that is one British album cover. Aaaaaaand it's a mix of new wave and pub rock/pop - exactly as expected. Fairly listenable in an inoffensive way, but I lost interest towards the end. 3/5.

👍
View Author
3

Hat mir unterm Strich gefallen. Befürchtet hatte ich die nächste Platte einer uninspirierten britischen Band, wie sie zuhauf in dieser Liste zu finden sind. Ein für die 80er ungewöhnliches Album, auch wenn es nach den 80ern klingt. Hatte von der Band vorher noch nie gehört.

👍
View Author
2

cool smooth pop but not my genre

👍
View Author
2

Not without any merit but not for me.

👍
View Author
2

Not the worst thing, but is this REALLY an album I needed to hear before I die?

👍
View Author
2

Tylsää musiikkia joka ei herättänyt yhtään mielenkiintoa kunnolliseen keskittymiseen. Taustametelinä ajoi asiansa.

👍
View Author
2

best wel slap pop album, niks bijzonders. Dit was wel een week met matige platen :(

👍
View Author
2

did not connect to me

👍
View Author
2

No

👍
View Author
2

ok, i guess

👍
View Author
2

Beeeeeeeeeem mais ou menos, not my cup of cachaça pqp aquela música com "got six things on my mind, you're no longer one of them" foi muito aluguel, não acabava nunca essa porra algumas partes das letras achei que beirou o cringe/piegas horsin around me fez querer assistir bojack... horseman, óbviamente

👍
View Author
2

So so. Quite 80's.

👍
View Author
2

I had to check my spotify history to see if I actually listened to this yesterday. So, pretty forgettable.

👍
View Author
2

eh

👍
View Author
2

Pop / New wave Overall an okay album - slightly uninteresting but not bland. Each track showcases a new style, such as contemporary R&B and ska, as is expected with new wave music. 3/10

👍
View Author
2

Not good but not terrible

👍
View Author
2

Pop ochentero.

👍
View Author
2

*Shrugs*

👍
View Author
2

Had some decent enough sounding tunes but I didn’t enjoy that much. A low 2

👍
View Author
2

Passed me by. Wasn't bad, but nothing that I really wanted to listen to again.

👍
View Author
2

Not good or bad. Don't really get the significance. 5/10

👍
View Author
2

Peruspoppia, ei herättänyt suuria tunteita puolesta eikä vastaan.

👍
View Author
2

Weird... Started off sounding like crowded house mixed with the Smiths then took an even stranger turn...

👍
View Author
2

Sekoitus takkatuli- ja nyyhkypoppia, eikä kovin kummoista sellaista. Jos koko levy olisi ollut avausbiisi Faron Youngin tyylistä, niin olisin ollut kiinnostunut. Nyt jäi kovin kalpeaksi ja harmittomaksi poppikseksi.

👍
View Author
2

Very average 80s fare - one strong song in the middle with Thomas Dolby but I struggle to understand who would have been a prefab sprout fan back then - they offer nothing really, albeit it’s not terrible

👍
View Author
2

One good track before it runs out of steam with pseudo jazz vibes.

👍
View Author
2

Passable pop

👍
View Author
2

Veryyyyyy interesting. First track sounded like Arctin Monkeys modelled some of their middle/later years stuff on it. Decent, enjoyable, to start with, feels like a 3. Dropped off a bit as its progressed, feels a bit more like a 2 by the mid-point. Yeh, 2/5

👍
View Author
2

It's not as bad as the really atrocious albums we've had, but I really can't say anything good about this album beyond that. It's mostly just really boring with the occasional hint of pretty annoying.

👍
View Author
2

X jajajajajaja, no estorba

👍
View Author
2

nah not 4 me

👍
View Author
2

"when love breaks down" is actually a pretty good song but I don't like the music otherwise

👍
View Author
2

Very uneventful 80s pop. Doesn’t stand up to the work of contemporaries at all. Poor lyrics and forgettable melodies. Surprised it made the list.

👍
View Author
2

meh. A bit emo-pop for my taste, but track 1 is okay.

👍
View Author
2

fine

👍
View Author
2

Irgendwie unorigineller 80er Pop

👍
View Author
2

I don't think I liked this one. I have never heard of the band, nor any of the tracks. The album started out with a sound that hinted at the Squeeze. By the end the album had settled in closer sounding like Talk-Talk or Spandau Ballet -- just not what I'm interested in. I don't think I'm far enough from the 80s to enjoy this one.

👍
View Author
2

Nunca había ni escuchado su música ni siquiera el nombre. Cuando empecé a escuchar el álbum pensé "nada de lo que esperaba... esa portada no indicaba que fuera a ser pop 80s... interesante". Casi la primera mitad del disco una cosa muy buena, pop que se oye sofisticado con algo de post punk. Esa primera canción excelente con sus toques de cowboy y hasta con algunos puntos de sonidos industriales y me empiezo a emocionar y me pregunto qué más vendrá... Bonny y Appetite elementos un poco similares más atenuado pero buenas canciones... Sigue así de manera bien, ya no levanta tanto pero está escuchable y entonces pasa la desgracia... A partir de entre la canción 5-6 por Hallelujah y Goodbye Lucille se pierde todo lo interesante y el sonido se convierte en pop jazzeado suavecito de estación del metro sin ningún punto de interés y a nivel que parece da vergüenza lo trillado y soso que suena. Es una de las decepciones de mayor grado que me ha dado esta lista en cuanto a la disparidad dentro del mismo disco. Inició con la tentadora promesa de ser algo único e interesante, continuó estancándose un poco pero sonando decente y terminó en el caño. Al menos saqué una canción muy buena del disco pero no es como si valiera la pena suficiente para estarlo buscando.

👍
View Author
2

Good background rock

👍
View Author
2

Gente que es aún más mamadora que yo musicalmente hablando ponen muy en alto este disco y a mí se me hizo bastante malón. Me gustaron 3 rolas.

👍
View Author
2

I don't hate this album, but this is pretty antithetical to my musical tastes. I guess I would call this album... inconsequential? Odd inclusion.

👍
View Author
2

Never heard of this band before listening here. not great

👍
View Author
2

Bored. Acoustic sides better than album ones.

👍
View Author
2

Some of the tracks feature a particular brand of generic 80s production that depresses the hell out of me and I instantly thought we were in 1 star territory. But I listened again and realised that was a bit harsh. The songwriting seems pretty strong and there's more going on than I gave it credit for at first. Faron Young and Goodbye Lucille #1 are good choons. 2.5 stars.

👍
View Author
2

That was a bit too boring for me. I fell asleep. So I give them 2 Stars in case someone has a hard time falling asleep.

👍
View Author
2

boring, expected more from a group with sprouts in the title

👍
View Author
2

4/10 utterly swagless but fairly listenable

👍
View Author
2

Britisk pop ting. Er ikke heeelt med på den. Det jo fint nok, men ikke sådan fed fed

👍
View Author
2

Track 01 - 2.75/5 Track 02 - 2.5/5 Track 03 - 2.25/5 Track 04 - 2/5 Track 05 - 1.75/5 Track 06 - 2/5 Track 07 - 2/5 Track 08 - 2.25/5 Track 09 - 1.75/5 Track 10 - 2/5 Track 11 - 2/5 Overall: 2/5 Album Art: 2.5/5

👍
View Author
2

Starts off as a strong alternative LP but quickly loses itself in dated synths and truly awful songwriting. I swear everyone in the 80s set their Juno-6 to the same vocal-esque patch and used that for pads.

👍
View Author
2

They are NOT the Kings of Rock n Roll

👍
View Author
2

I remember the band's name because I always thought it was unusual and interesting (reading the Wikipedia entry on the band, turns out it's a mondegreen, which for some reason makes it more fun for me). I had not listened to any of their songs before, at least none that I remember, so I gave this album a full listen. Although I don't love their music, I do hear it as decent pop music, and I'm not saying that facetiously or ironically. The songs are somewhat catchy, they play well, and their vocal harmonies are strong. I found the songs to be a bit too similar to each other and musically predictable, so it doesn't compel me to want to listen to them again, but I can see why they were big in the 80s. Very much an 80s pop sound.

👍
View Author
2

I was expecting music you could play during a car chase or maybe a gunfight. Instead it was something your weird aunt might put on during teatime. Best track: Bonny

👍
View Author
2

Need to hear it again. I think it is pretty nice. 2/5 for now.

👍
View Author
2

Uninteresting generic rock.

👍
View Author
2

Nope. Just nope. D

👍
View Author
2

I really tried to like it. After reading the reviews. Hated it.

👍
View Author
2

Steve McQueen didn't really jump the fence.

👍
View Author
2

Hi- Faron Young, Hallelujah I first heard of Prefab Sprout from a book, either Fast Sofa or something by Douglas Coupland...I thought it was a made up name, but I guess not! Faron Young is bouncy rockabilly, reminding me of Talking Heads. I was hoping there would be more of this...instead the rest of the album is mostly ballads like Roxy Music. It's not unpleasant, probably just not what I expected.

👍
View Author
2

2.5

👍
View Author
2

Eh. I like my 80s albums with a little more grit. This is a bit to bright and pop-y for me. Not unlistenable, but not my thing.

👍
View Author
2

Like a really bad and down tempo version of The Housemartins.

👍
View Author
2

Honestly not sure what criteria qualifies this album or band for this list. To me this is a far less good version of The Style Council or Spandaux Ballet. Nothing interesting. Not bad, just bland.

👍
View Author
1

More dull than a spoon

👍
View Author
1

dated

👍
View Author
1

Gash

👍
View Author
1

The album had very somewhat nice and decent beats but that's about it. I only somewhat liked one song from this album but barely.

👍
View Author
1

Aburrido

👍
View Author
1

-New band to me -First track rips! Love how the punchy post-punk guitar-work mixes with the twangy banjo(?) and country drummin'. Some more weird effects + harmonica are added and turn this thing into an acid drenched western tune..I'm about it -The album then sadly "breaks down" into some standard 80s pop fare and fails to rebound 🌟

👍
View Author
1

This album is what they play at the parties no one actually wanted to attend.

👍
View Author
1

Really not my case, except maybe for "Appetite"

👍
View Author
1

No ty

👍
View Author
1

Really didnt like. Made me think of cheap elevator music

👍
View Author
1

Not my jam. A bit too poppy

👍
View Author
1

Meh. Sounds almost exactly like a hundred other bands. Completely uninspiring.

👍
View Author
1

This was one of the least memorable albums I’ve ever heard

👍
View Author
1

1.75

👍
View Author
1

Not for me

👍
View Author
1

Can’t do the English Beat, etc

👍
View Author
1

Wow that was truly miserable, I have no idea how anyone could connect with this: music is the driest, most unsoulful pop goop imaginable, the lyrics are weird, and the whole thing has a locked in a dark closet humming to himself vibe.

👍
View Author

Gets too 80s poppy in the middle but liking the songs that feel like the clash and the smiths had a baby

👍