Crimson/Red is the tenth studio album by English pop band Prefab Sprout. It was released in the United Kingdom by Icebreaker Records and Kitchenware Records on 7 October 2013.[1] The album title is a reference to artist Mark Rothko.[2]

Crimson/Red
Studio album by
Released7 October 2013 (2013-10-07)
RecordedAutumn 2012
StudioAndromeda Heights Studio
GenrePop
Label
Producer
Prefab Sprout chronology
Let's Change the World with Music
(2009)
Crimson/Red
(2013)

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.5/10[3]
Metacritic81/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [5]
The Guardian     [6]
The Independent     [7]
The Irish Times     [8]
Mojo     [9]
The Observer     [10]
Q     [11]
Record Collector     [12]
The Times     [13]
Uncut8/10[14]

In Mojo magazine, critic Danny Eccleston called Crimson/Red "the welcome return of Durham's song-craftsman supreme".[9] The Observer's Phil Mongredien praised the album as "charming, articulate and urbane" (a lyric from "Devil Came a Calling").[10] Four-star ratings appeared in both The Independent and The Times, with the former describing Crimson/Red as a "lovely album from a true one-off".[7]

David Jeffries of AllMusic said, "The music throughout is just as beautiful and bold as the lyrics", with "immaculate production and an overall classic album flow".[5]

Commercial receptionEdit

Crimson/Red was a chart success for Prefab Sprout. The album debuted at No. 15 in the UK Albums Chart, giving the band their highest-charting record since Andromeda Heights in 1997.

Crimson/Red debuted at No. 10 in Sweden and No. 21 in Norway, giving the band their second-highest chart positions ever in both countries. In its second week on the Norwegian charts, "Crimson/Red" climbed to No. 7, an all-time high for the band in Norway.

In Ireland, the album debuted at No. 40 (and No. 9 on the indie chart). In Germany, the album debuted at No. 42, making it Prefab Sprout's highest-charting album there.

Crimson/Red also charted in the Flanders region of Belgium (No. 83) and in Switzerland (No. 92).

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Paddy McAloon.

  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"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prefab Sprout | Crimson/Red". Prefabsproutalbum.com. 2013-10-07. Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  2. ^ According to an interview with Paddy McAloon on BBC Radio 6 Music on 8 October 2013
  3. ^ "Crimson/Red by Prefab Sprout reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Reviews for Crimson/Red by Prefab Sprout". Metacritic. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  5. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Crimson/Red – Prefab Sprout". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  6. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (3 October 2013). "Prefab Sprout: Crimson/Red – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b Richman, Simmy (6 October 2013). "Album review: Prefab Sprout, Crimson/Red (Icebreaker Records)". The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  8. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (4 October 2013). "Prefab Sprout: Crimson/Red". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b Eccleston, Danny (7 October 2013). "Prefab Sprout – Crimson Red". Mojo. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  10. ^ a b Mongredien, Phil (6 October 2013). "Prefab Sprout: Crimson/Red – review". The Observer. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Prefab Sprout: Crimson/Red". Q (328): 114. November 2013.
  12. ^ Staunton, Terry (November 2013). "Prefab Sprout – Crimson/Red". Record Collector (420). Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  13. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (5 October 2013). "Prefab Sprout: Crimson/Red". The Times. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  14. ^ Mulholland, Garry (31 October 2013). "Prefab Sprout – Crimson/Red". Uncut. Archived from the original on 6 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.