AOTY 2023
Prefab Sprout - SWOON
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1984 Ratings: #79 / 139
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
1984 Ratings: #116
Liked by 9 people
March 1, 1984 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kitchenware, Epic / Label
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"Swoon" is not the classic mainstream 80s pop album, it's clearly more artistic and creative, it is known that Prefab Sprout's leader, Paddy McAloon, is one hell of a lyricist. In this album though it seems like it doesn't have a precise direction, while the production is not too bad it seems like the sound always changes in a chaotic way, and it's probably the biggest flaw of this album.

Some tracks are forgettable, others are pretty good and honestly the opener "Don't ... read more


Has a couple of cute highlights, but this is very much a case of humble beginnings for the band, as I think their ear for melodies and production aren't quite there yet.


Paddy McAloon is one of the most talented lyricists of all time and this album is the proof. There are some precious gems. I admit that the melodic shifts are, sometimes, a bit tiring and confusing, but they're also challenging. And when your brain assimilates them the album become even more satisfying to hear - what may make Paddy a bit happier, since, in his words, this is the most ambitious album they've made, talking about songs like "I'll never play basketball again" have more ... read more

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Track List

  1. Don't Sing
  2. Cue Fanfare
  3. Green Isaac
  4. Here on the Eerie
  5. Crue
  6. lCouldn't Bear to Be Special
  7. I Never Play Basketball Now
  8. Ghost Town Blues
  9. Elegance
  10. Technique
  11. Green Isaac II

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Added on: December 28, 2015