CD Steve McQueen [Digipak] (CD 1223443), Audio Other
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Steve McQueen [Digipak]

  • 1. Faron Young
    2. Bonny
    3. Appetite
    4. When Love Breaks Down
    5. Goodbye Lucille #1
    6. Hallelujah
    7. Moving the River
    8. Horsin' Around
    9. Desire As
    10. Blueberry Pies
    11. When The Angels
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 466336

  • Credits
    ProducerThomas Dolby
    EngineerChris Sheldon; Andrew Scarth; Tim Hunt; Brian Evans

    Audio Mixers: Mike Shipley; Thomas Dolby.
    STEVE McQUEEN (released in the U.S. as TWO WHEELS GOOD) is the crowning achievement for U.K. pop visionaries Prefab Sprout, their second full-length album. It combines acoustic strum-and-jangle balladry with blue-eyed soul, bossa nova, and pristine pop approach to create a lush sonic landscape. The unique stylistic paradigm sported a shimmer and sheen on par with the most ambitious work of '70s popsters like 10cc and Steely Dan, but the lyrical/conceptual sensibility is strongly informed by the alt-rock era in which the band emerged. Produced by synth-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby, STEVE McQUEEN perfectly merges Prefab Sprout's organic roots with a gently glowing layer of tasteful electronic gilding.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.71) - "[The songs] were, like McQueen's acting, cool and nuanced yet tough and quietly tortured at the center."
    Spin (p.124) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "It wraps gossamer synths and ghostly background vocals around posh melodies that nod as much to Sondheim and Gershwin as to the rock canon."
    Q (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir work still stands up, especially STEVE MCQUEEN, the most succinct expression of McAloon's skills."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese songs are sweet postcards from the crepuscular fringes of romance, and sound as vibrant and as out of kilter as ever."
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