Steve McQueen is the second studio album by English pop band Prefab Sprout, released in June 1985 by Kitchenware Records. The album was released by CBS in the United States as Two Wheels Good in anticipation of legal conflict with the estate of American actor Steve McQueen. The album cover references Steve McQueen's lifelong passion for Triumph motorcycles and the 1963 film The Great Escape. On 2 April 2007, it was reissued as a "legacy edition" double CD, featuring a remastered version of the original album and a bonus disc featuring acoustic versions of the songs recorded in 2006 by the band's frontman, Paddy McAloon.Wikipedia
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
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
J'ai passé un très bon moment devant cet album de manualisme
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.
Hit me in a very fitting time of my life
Conocía When Love Breaks Down. Un 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
i already knew this album but i love it, always worth a listen
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.
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
New wave hoedown on compact disc
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?
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.
Totally surprised by this album!
8/26 Damn good pop. Standout Tracks: Faron Young, Appetite, Hallelujah, Horsin' Around, Blueberry Pies, When the Angels
This could have been recorded by The 1975. Sounds great, really catchy end to end.
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
This was beautiful. I loved how sweet it sounded.
Afar góð plata. Svona á 80s að vera.
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
I LOVED this
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.
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.
A wise man once told me to eat all my sprouts or my dick would rot off. I didn't believe him. By age 14 all I had left was a rusty, festering wound where my dong should have been. My predicament forced me to construct a new cock out of an old dildo and newspaper. It was a disaster.
Never seen or herd of it before… The album opens with Faron young it’s not my favourite song of all time but the echoey vocals and the chaos the song goes into at the very end are both really awesome. Bonny ( according to spotify) is their most popular song ( but isn’t a single) It’s a nice track a slower poppier mostly acoustic based track with great backing vocals so yeah good! Appetite has a great slow (yet poppy) booming intro but then forms into this glossy little masterpiece; these songs are so good. When love breaks down sounds like walking into the gates of heaven another glossy pop rock masterpiece with amazing lead and backing vocals. Goodbye Lucille #1 ( aka Johnny Johnny) has got some of my favourite subtle guitar workings in any song. The slow romantic verses juxtaposed with the booming chorus makes this into a centrepiece to the album. The first half of the album ends on hallelujah it’s not my favourite track on the album but it’s still perfectly made 80’s pop music with amazing lyrics. Moving the river brings back some energy missing from most of the album’s first half while still keeping the same sounds that make this band sound so special, I don’t think the lyrics are as good as that of the ones on the rest of the album but it’s still a good song. Horsin’ around has a great kinda optimistic sounding orchestral keyboard work contrasted quite well with the gloomy lyrics. After the halfway point the song takes a brief left turn into a more old fashioned sounding track but with the same lyrical content. The bass at the end is also cool. I love the synths in desire as this song seems like a break from the rest of the album as it is a super slow 5 minute angelic but still a well written pop song. I love the little sample at the start of the penultimate track blueberry pies speaking of the sonic is an odd mix of of creepy yet lovely dovey its good but no where near a favourite. When the angels closes off the album with one of the faster paced tracks. Other than lyrical content I find this an odd closer but it’s still one of the stronger songs on here. This album is amazing I’am a bit doubtful of if it truly deserves it but I can’t not give it a 5/5.
Love this album. Only low point for me is the opener 'Faron Young'! I guess it's more in that Smiths 80s rockabilly style and the structure and lyrics are pretty straightforward so that's why they made it a single.
kinda forgot how much I LOVED this album
A great find. Every song enjoyable 80 British pop that I actually enjoyed.
Pretty good british synth/jazz pop. 9/10
Great punk album, really enjoyable listen!
some of this is peak pop
A total classic. One of the best live albums of all time.
Totally not what I expected from the cover. Soft and sensual, yet still packing a punch with some songs.
Surprisingly good 80s pop, no standout songs but overall a enjoyable album
strong start, weaker finish. some nice 80s pop, catchy and fun
Catchy, nice 80s pop/rock. I dig it.
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.
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.
it was such good british 80s pop. all around such a fun listen
Sonorités modernes malgré l'âge de l'album, des paroles originales et ambiances planantes par moments!
Bängeri? Skön pop. Låter som om det inte sku vara något jag gillar men på något sätt så funkar de bara
Never heard of these guys. I enjoyed it for the most part. Very 80s with a hint of new wave.
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.
Some great songs
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!
Loved this album when it first came out and love it still.
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!
Great, feelings, emotions, love.
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
lighting mcqueen would be happy!
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
Very good, never fantastic tho so no 5 star.
Really liked this album!
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.
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!
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.
Bland 80s pop, but it begins to shake that on the backend in favor of stuff with a little more variety and soul.
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.
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.
Clever lyrics, interesting harmonies.. unexpectedly fun
At its best it’s clever and jazzy, at its worst it’s whiny and repetitive. Overall a decent listen. 7/10
7/10. Felt somewhere between Elvis Costello and the Police… Pretty good.
lighthearted dreamy synthpop Elvis Costello
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.
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.
Really pretty. I dig the sound
De va swag fr
I liked it
Great jazz-inspired rock album
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.
Beautiful album, easily the best of Prefab Sprout
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.
Likable and sweet. Needs more spinns.
Some 80s VH1 vibes
4-, unique style, I like it
började som en fyra men föll lite platt mot slutet. dom fyra första låtarna är kanon
First one of these new wave albums I finished in a while. OK GO vibes at spots.
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 .
Definite vibes from this one.
hidden gem. loved it and had never heard of the band before
This album was a solid 80s pop and new wave album. I noticed tinges of country in the backbeat in several places. The production by Thomas Dolby, is incredibly layered and brings out the idiosyncrasies in the songwriting.
Ovo je kultni album ali ga iz nekog razloga nisam slušao😄
fabulous example of 80s pop. definitely will listen to the songs on this album for a long while! highlights: bonny, appetite, when love breaks down, hallelujah, when the angels
80s new wave pop with a nice twist; very enjoyable listen Thomas Dolby stellar production Enjoyed the sways in subj material (infidelity in horsin around, lust in appetite, regret in Bonny); liked the album a lot
Liked it. Listened on my head phones and thought it was well recorded. Liked the bass player a lot.
Love this sound. Ideally a 4.5
Interesting vibes, slower and calmer than pop and kind of dreamy.
Surprisingly good album and kinda of sounds like Culture Club at times. "Bonny" was my favorite on the album. 7/10.
Prefab Sprout are a very me kind of band bit I've never got much further than the greatest hits. I know this record is lauded and I've listened quite a few times over the years, without loving it. It's good, but not as great as I hoped. Underlined by the fact that despite listening several times again the best song is on the greatest hits: when love breaks down.
Conocía When Love Breaks Down.
This is ADVANCED elevator music. This is elevator music for that elevator that takes you to the elevator dimension, where people speak in riddles and the sky is green and it rains sideways. Just to be clear, those are words of praise.
An enjoyable and upbeat album
I like this album a lot, but it does start to drag toward the end. Great jazzy pop sound though!
Side B lets the album down but some brilliants tracks on side A
Quite good, aggressively 80s. I didn't feel this when listening for the first time so I gave it another listen just before rating it and getting my next album. Second time around, sitting down on a gloomy Sunday and listening with proper headphones instead of a bad car stereo, I really appreciated this a lot more. Well written and instrumented for sure. Still not massively my thing but I appreciate it. Favourite: Faron Young
My husbands thinks it is 5 star. I don’t.
Majestic pop. Clever, erudite, smooth and catchy. Like Steely Dan through a UK 80s wine bar with a disco floor.
Annoying 80s new wave music, not enjoyable.
1985. Key Songs: Bonny, Faron Young
Light, bubble gum pop, upbeat but a little too saccharine
Ok but nothing really stands out
Surprised I've never heard of them before. Pretty enjoyable listen
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.
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.
Bit too soft poppy
hot dog jumping frog
Chillaxin, a bit too chillaxin
I could see myself getting into this to some extent, but something about it feels, I don't know... empty?
omg, SOOO 1985. that was not a particularly good year for music, as i recall. not a favorite.
Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Well produced.
Pop sin estridencias. No destaca especialmente, aunque es agradable de escuchar
Beautiful songs with vibrant melodies and elegant arrangements. I personally preferred From Langley because of the songs, but this one is pretty goo too
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.
Good pop songs. Never heard before
"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.
Een leuk album maar niet heel bijzonder
Goes v well with quorn bolognese
Enjoyed their songs in college
coming age film but like the prom scene
Never heard of this group. Enjoyed the album.
Sounds pretty original.
Familiar, upbeat, juvenil. Ta bien.
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
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
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.
its ok, but gets boring
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.
Good music. Very easy to listen to, a few songs were a bit boring, but most songs were really good.
Rätt bra. Härliga synthar. Bästa låtar: Bonny Appetite When Love Breaks Down
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.
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.
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.
The album peters out for me, but I really like the first three tracks.
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
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.
Starter godt men det der britiske rock bliver hurtigt lidt ensformigt og fladt. Mangler noget dynamik
A little cheesy when it comes to the lyrics
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.
Melodic, self-conscious new wave indie with winking lyrics, Bacharach and David joining The Smiths as influencers.
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.
Felt completely neutral about this album, far from the worst, far from the best.
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.
Not bad, easy listening, didn’t really grab me.
Solid britpop, god sangskrivning, keyboard
ok lækkert, ikke så tidspræget føler jeg
Moving the River is the standout track for me.
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.
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.
Seemed pretty generic pop. Nothing special
Some nice tracks here actually, I do like some new wave sometimes
Side 1 full of classic tunes, Side 2 cheesy and boring as hell
Variopinto, al menos. Por momentos, muy pretencioso. Pero like.
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...
for relax on retail park rally
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.
Easy to listen to, while nothing earth shattering. 3
Actual pretty solid
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
Fínasta plata. Dettur aðeins niður í seinni helming.
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.
When love breaks down is head and shoulders above the rest of the album. One hit wonder. A pleasant sound, all very very stylish but very much of its time.
Never had heard of this bad but liked fairly well. Really polished sounding pop. 3/5
1985, британцы, ненавязчивый поп / поп-рок. Второй альбом. Меланхолично, но не грустно. Легко, ненапряжно, но в целом скучно. Лучшие трек - заглавный бодрый Faron Young.
Outra banda que eu nunca tinha ouvido falar. Achei legalzinha. Melhor música: Bonny
I can’t believe I made it through the eighties without ever hearing of this band. Not really a big fan of this style but I guess I can’t understand why they weren’t more popular. The second half sort of peters out but the first half is full of songs that I could see being hits.
I'm not saying it was a bad album but it was very much setting the tone for the 80s.
This was a nice listen. Had a uniqueness to it.
It was fine.
C’etait pas mauvais, mais rien qui ma surpris. J’ai tout de meme aime. Je n’avais pas beaucoup d’attente. 3
Never heard of these guys before... but not too bad, actually. I'm kinda getting an old Crowded House vibe listening to this - probably in the vocals and pop structure of the music... might also be the cheese-factor. Dunno? Still, pretty good. Might give it another listen down the track. Stand out tracks: Bonny, When Love Breaks Down.
Delightful 80s sound. Clean and well mixed
When I saw the band name I was hoping this was the album with King of Rock and Roll. Nice solid album, hard for me to see why it's on this list, but judging from other reviews it seems like it's hitting a lot of people right in the nostalgia.
Has there ever been another brilliant lyricist so badly let down by their music? This is a lyrically wonderful album, but with the exception of Desire Is, it has no memorable or above mediocre tunes on it. I know, both from Desire Is and their big hot (not from this album) that they can actually write a song, rather than brilliant lyrics and a passable backing, so it is a disappointment. The production is also horribly dated - I suspect it would even have sounded dated by 1990. A missed opportunity.
Started out strong enough with Bonny, Appetite, and When Love Breaks Down, but it feels like they got lazy halfway through the record and only regained their energy in time for When the Angels. This is a 1980s prom album, the only problem is that the students would have started heading home after track 6 because the music suddenly became boring. At its best, it's bright, ✨ shimmering ✨, and very 80s. All in all though, very middle of the road.
Nothing spectacular, I would say, but a nice collection of easy-to-listen-to poppy rock.
I had never heard this album before - I liked it, and I feel like I could grow to like it quite well. Breezy, stylish, 80s Brit-pop with sophisticated instrumentation (a little disco/jazzy). I liked Bonnie and When Love Breaks Down. I agree with other commenters that the album cover doesn't fit the vibe of the music at all. 3/5