Skip to content

Andromeda Heights – Prefab Sprout

Prefab Sprout Andromeda Heights

Andromeda Heights

(1997), 5/10
If you thought that Prefab Sprout’s 1980s albums were a little sentimental, you might want to avoid 1997’s Andromeda Heights altogether. Andromeda Heights is a concept album about stars, but there are plenty of love-struck lyrics as well. Drummer Neil Conti had left the band by this point, and there’s not much of a band feel to most of the tracks. Often the orchestral instruments that augment the band are more pronounced, although the orchestrations aren’t as interestingly as on McAloon’s 2003 solo album, and they’re more about adding warmth and lushness. The sentimentality that was often present on Prefab Sprout’s earlier albums is much more pronounced on Andromeda Heights.

Half the songs here are enjoyable, provided that you can stomach the treacly arrangements and some of McAloon’s most heart-on-sleeve lyrics like “What you see in me I will never know. That’s the mystery of love” and  “Say, what you doing’ sleeping? Hey half the day is gone / Get a move on / Life’s a miracle, let me tell you why.” The opening two tracks, ‘Electric Guitars’ and ‘Prisoner of the Past’ feature more conventional full band arrangements and are among the album’s strong pieces, while the elegant closing title track is probably my favourite song here.

As you’d expect from McAloon, there’s some good songwriting on Andromeda Heights, but it’s inconsistent and it’s difficult to get past the mushy sound.

Despite the album being one of Prefab’s weaker efforts, the b-side ‘The End of the Affair’ is probably my all time favourite Prefab song.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

rockrollain.com/

Official website for bassist Rock Rollain

LOST IN THE NOISE

PART JOURNAL. PART MIX-TAPE. PART COMMENTARY.

My Vinyl Hunt

Vinyl Enthusiast from Suffolk

Mike and Paul's Music Blog

Two Guys In Search of Great Music

The Doesn't Suck

9,000 billion recordings are released on the internet each month. Roughly 5 of them will not suck.

Simone: By The River

Hey! I'm writing about travel, books, nature, music, art, food, gardening, things that inspire me, with a little bit of creative writing thrown in for good luck (if I'm feeling brave enough). Australian (Geelong, Victoria). Instagram: sima78 & trackrecordsrecords

Brendon's Beats

Album Reviews & Music Discussion

The Rockin' Chair

A place for music and books

%d bloggers like this: