Prefab Sprout Springs Back
August 1, 2013 2:36 PM Subscribe
Prefab Sprout is releasing a new album, Crimson / Red, on October 7.Prefab Sprout
is best known for its 1985 album Steve McQueen (titled Two Wheels Good in the United States), a critically acclaimed shimmering jazz-pop masterpiece
produced by Thomas Dolby (and reissued in 2007 with eight new acoustic versions of its original songs
The band's output slowed in the 1990s and 2000s, partly because of singer/songwriter Paddy McAloon’s elusive-genius
perfectionism, partly because of issues with McAloon’s eyesight and hearing. The 2009 album Let’s Change the World With Music
was initially heralded as The Big Comeback, but turned out to be built on demos recorded in the early 1990s.
Then, on June 8, what appeared to be an entirely new Prefab Sprout album was discovered on Soundcloud. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the album's appearance
(and its subsequent disappearance) had many fans and critics wondering if they'd been duped by a masterful fake. Or, perhaps worse, taunted with a set of authentic songs never intended for official release.
Now concerned fans and critics
have their answer; Crimson / Red is the real deal. You can preview the entire album (for the moment, at least) here