Let’s Change the World With Music

(2009, 7/10)
Paddy McAloon made demos in 1993 for Prefab Sprout’s followup to Jordan: The Comeback, but the record company’s reaction was confusing, and the project was shelved. The demos were eventually released as Let’s Change the World With Music in 2009. Despite the dated drum programming and textures, it’s detailed enough that it feels like a full album. Along with the theme of redemptive power of music, that titles like ‘I Love Music’ and ‘Meet the New Mozart’ indicate, there are McAloon’s most explicit explorations of Christianity with songs like ‘God Watch Over You’ and ‘Earth: The Story So Far’. The album’s two major themes converge on ‘Let There Be Music’ and ‘Sweet Gospel Music’. After a couple of disappointingly straightforward releases, Let’s Change the World With Music is a much more interesting and ambitious project; the album begins with a dramatic monologue (“in the beginning was a mighty bang.”), while the overarching themes also give it a sense of weight. It is difficult to get past the cheap sound, and there are a few too many anonymous mid-tempo tracks, but Let’s Change the World With Music has the foundations of a strong Prefab Sprout album and it’s worth hearing.

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