Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen (1985)
Day 26 of #junevinylchallenge - Record you'll like to be associated with.
For those who pay attention to my feed, you'll find I'm one of those who does not stick to a specific era or genre (of course I tend to shy away from a couple of areas outside my interest), and it's tough even for myself to pinpoint any style/genre of music I like more than another. So after a bit of thought, I'm going with this Prefab Sprout album which ranks high in my choice of desert island discs. It's an album I feel represents much about me and my musical preferences. First, musically, it straddles somewhere between pop and just off mainstream. There are tunes on this album you'll likely consider to be radio friendly, even if they aren't the most obvious. That is a good approximation of what I like in music. Second, its an album from the 80s, where my musical personality was mainly forged. Third, there is an amazing lyricism here from Paddy McAloon, something I always love in songs. Finally, guitars and keyboards with just the perfect balance of guitar jangle and Twang with keyboard shimmers. Bonus points for it being a British album that carries a touch of transatlantic ambition due to Paddy's admiration of Stephen Sondheim. In the end, it's just a beautiful and fabulously crafted classic of an album which satisfies several of the musical MEs who reside in my mess of a person. •
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