I'm listening to the new Prefab Sprout album, Crimson/Red, which joins the short list of blindingly good records released this year. Lush orchestration, Paddy McAloon's voice sounding as rich and velvety as ever, tunes to die for and wry and witty lyrics add up to possibly the best album in the band's impressive cannon.
Apparently, however, there isn't a band involved; it's all McAloon. And there is huge irony when he sings "The old magician takes the stage/ His act has not improved with age/
Observe the shabby hat and gloves/ The tired act that no one loves."Because the old magician has lost none of his ability to thrill.
Waiting for Arcade Fire at the end of the month now; 2013 is shaping up to be a good year for music.