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Prefab Sprout: From Langley Park To Memphis

Dave Rimmer, Q, April 1988

A RUM PROPOSITION, this Prefab Sprout. It depends on your mood and mode of musical preference, of course, but while much of the time they seem like one of the most interesting and original bands in Britain, occasionally they come over as daft and drearily obscure as their name. Paddy MacAloon's delicate, brittle songs often manage to capture awkward emotions, evoke rare moods, provoke unusual ideas. Often, too, they seem over-referenced, opaque and as pretentious as hell.

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