AOTY 2023


Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2013 Ratings: #91 / 1115
User Score
Based on 32 ratings
Liked by 2 people
October 7, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sophisti-Pop / Genre
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Can we acknowledge how utterly amazing the Sprouts are? A band from the 80s, releasing classics back then, releases this magnificent thing in the 10s? That's Paddy McAloon for you.

This has solidified its place as among the greatest pop records of the 2010s for me. Beautiful, honest, and completely content to be its own thing.


Enjoying every bit of song that leaves Prefab Sprout's Crimson/Red. The composition is superb and the song writing feels like that of a playwright. This is pop that doesn't lose its flavor as it flirts with baroque pop, chamber pop, and dream pop.


Nice production, great storytelling. Not always my cup of tea sonically but a good album overall

Favourites: Devil Came a Calling, Billy, The Dreamer, The Best Jewel Thief in the World
Least Favourites: Mysterious

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Track List

  1. The Best Jewel Thief in the World
  2. List of Impossible Things
  3. Adolescence
  4. Grief Built the Taj Mahal
  5. Devil Came a Calling
  6. Billy
  7. The Dreamer
  8. The Songs of Danny Galway
  9. The Old Magician
  10. Mysterious

Year End Lists

#7/Obscure Sound
#34/Q Magazine

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Added on: November 27, 2013