Prefab Sprout - Swoon
Swoon, Prefab Sprout's debut album shows the band and songwriter / singer Paddy McAloon in their purest state, before outside hands and Top 20 chart prospects streamlined their approach. Swoon is a highly original record, melding various styles into one unique vision, resulting in a sophisticated sound the band could claim as its own. It has been sited as a strange fusion of Aztec Camera and Steely Dan, which makes sense, but ultimately Swoon proves too complicated for simple comparisons. Too rough and angsty to sit alongside Sade; too melodic, and richly complex to fit with most new wave or "new pop" of the era, Swoon is pure, untainted Prefab Sprout.