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Steve McQueen

Prefab Sprout

1985

Steve McQueen

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

3.01

Votes

4822

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • New Wave
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Sat Jun 19 2021
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

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Wed Feb 17 2021
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

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

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

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Wed May 18 2022
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.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Hit me in a very fitting time of my life

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Conocía When Love Breaks Down. Un 4.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
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.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
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.

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Wed May 18 2022
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?

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Wed Feb 17 2021
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.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
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.

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Mon Oct 05 2020
5

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

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Wed Feb 17 2021
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.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
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

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Fri May 07 2021
5

New wave hoedown on compact disc

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Mon Jun 28 2021
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?

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Thu May 13 2021
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.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

Totally surprised by this album!

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

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

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

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

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

Loved it

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Fri Nov 19 2021
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

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

This was beautiful. I loved how sweet it sounded.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Afar góð plata. Svona á 80s að vera.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
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

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

I LOVED this

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Fri Apr 15 2022
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.

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Wed May 18 2022
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.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

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.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

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.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
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.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Fantastic

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Sat Nov 26 2022
5

kinda forgot how much I LOVED this album

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

A great find. Every song enjoyable 80 British pop that I actually enjoyed.

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Mon Sep 07 2020
4

Pretty good british synth/jazz pop. 9/10

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Tue Sep 29 2020
4

Great punk album, really enjoyable listen!

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Wed Oct 21 2020
4

some of this is peak pop

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Fri Oct 16 2020
4

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

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Thu May 20 2021
4

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

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

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

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Thu Jul 22 2021
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.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
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.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Riktigt bra!

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

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

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 22 2021
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.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Some great songs

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Wed Mar 03 2021
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!

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

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

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Thu May 13 2021
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!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Great, feelings, emotions, love.

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Thu May 13 2021
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

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

lighting mcqueen would be happy!

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Sat Jul 17 2021
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

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Muy bello.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Very good, never fantastic tho so no 5 star.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Really liked this album!

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Fri Sep 17 2021
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.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
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!

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Fri Sep 17 2021
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.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

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

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Sun Sep 19 2021
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.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
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.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Clever lyrics, interesting harmonies.. unexpectedly fun

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

At its best it’s clever and jazzy, at its worst it’s whiny and repetitive. Overall a decent listen. 7/10

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

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

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

lighthearted dreamy synthpop Elvis Costello

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

3.75

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Fri Jan 14 2022
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.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
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.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Double up

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Ägde

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Really pretty. I dig the sound

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

De va swag fr

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

I liked it

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Great jazz-inspired rock album

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Fri Mar 18 2022
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.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Beautiful album, easily the best of Prefab Sprout

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Wed Mar 23 2022
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.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Likable and sweet. Needs more spinns.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Muito bom.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Some 80s VH1 vibes

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

4-, unique style, I like it

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Wed May 04 2022
4

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

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Thu May 05 2022
4

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

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Sun May 08 2022
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 .

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Definite vibes from this one.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

hidden gem. loved it and had never heard of the band before

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

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.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Ovo je kultni album ali ga iz nekog razloga nisam slušao😄

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

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

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

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

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Liked it. Listened on my head phones and thought it was well recorded. Liked the bass player a lot.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Jazz sprinkles.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Love this sound. Ideally a 4.5

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Interesting vibes, slower and calmer than pop and kind of dreamy.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Surprisingly good album and kinda of sounds like Culture Club at times. "Bonny" was my favorite on the album. 7/10.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

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.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Conocía When Love Breaks Down.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

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.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

An enjoyable and upbeat album

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

I like this album a lot, but it does start to drag toward the end. Great jazzy pop sound though!

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Side B lets the album down but some brilliants tracks on side A

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

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

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

My husbands thinks it is 5 star. I don’t.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
4

Majestic pop. Clever, erudite, smooth and catchy. Like Steely Dan through a UK 80s wine bar with a disco floor.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Annoying 80s new wave music, not enjoyable.

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Tue Oct 20 2020
3

1985. Key Songs: Bonny, Faron Young

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

its alright

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Thu Dec 17 2020
3

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Ok but nothing really stands out

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

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

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Mon Feb 15 2021
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.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
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.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Bit too soft poppy

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

hot dog jumping frog

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Chillaxin, a bit too chillaxin

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

🌱

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

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

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

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

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Nice.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

meh

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

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

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Tue May 25 2021
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

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Fri Mar 19 2021
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.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

Good pop songs. Never heard before

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Fri Feb 05 2021
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.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Een leuk album maar niet heel bijzonder

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Goes v well with quorn bolognese

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Enjoyed their songs in college

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

coming age film but like the prom scene

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Never heard of this group. Enjoyed the album.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Sounds pretty original.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Familiar, upbeat, juvenil. Ta bien.

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Wed May 12 2021
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

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Thu May 13 2021
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

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Thu May 13 2021
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.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
3

its ok, but gets boring

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Fri May 21 2021
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.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

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

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

ok

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Tue May 11 2021
3

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

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Wed May 12 2021
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.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
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.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
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.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

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

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Thu Oct 07 2021
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

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Thu Oct 07 2021
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.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

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

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

A little cheesy when it comes to the lyrics

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Wed Nov 10 2021
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.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

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

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Great album!

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Sun Nov 28 2021
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.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

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

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Sun Nov 28 2021
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.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Solid britpop, god sangskrivning, keyboard

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

ok lækkert, ikke så tidspræget føler jeg

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Moving the River is the standout track for me.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
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.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
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.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Seemed pretty generic pop. Nothing special

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

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

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Poop

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

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

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

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

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Wed Mar 23 2022
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...

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

for relax on retail park rally

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Wed Mar 30 2022
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.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Easy to listen to, while nothing earth shattering. 3

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Actual pretty solid

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Wed Apr 20 2022
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

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Fínasta plata. Dettur aðeins niður í seinni helming.

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Mon May 09 2022
3

Good

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Thu May 19 2022
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.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

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.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Never had heard of this bad but liked fairly well. Really polished sounding pop. 3/5

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

1985, британцы, ненавязчивый поп / поп-рок. Второй альбом. Меланхолично, но не грустно. Легко, ненапряжно, но в целом скучно. Лучшие трек - заглавный бодрый Faron Young.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Outra banda que eu nunca tinha ouvido falar. Achei legalzinha. Melhor música: Bonny

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

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.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

I'm not saying it was a bad album but it was very much setting the tone for the 80s.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

This was a nice listen. Had a uniqueness to it.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

It was fine.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

C’etait pas mauvais, mais rien qui ma surpris. J’ai tout de meme aime. Je n’avais pas beaucoup d’attente. 3

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Meh. 3/5

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Thu Sep 08 2022
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.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Delightful 80s sound. Clean and well mixed

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

3.5 jazzypop

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

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.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

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.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

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.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Nothing spectacular, I would say, but a nice collection of easy-to-listen-to poppy rock.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

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

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Fun pop

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