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Jordan: The Comeback is the fifth studio album by English pop band Prefab Sprout. It was released by Kitchenware Records on 7 September 1990. It peaked at No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart.[8] "Looking for Atlantis" and "We Let the Stars Go" were released as singles, peaking at No. 51 and No. 50, respectively, on the UK Singles Chart.[8] Additionally, Jordan: The EP peaked at No. 35 on the UK Singles Chart.[8]

Jordan: The Comeback
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Studio album by
Released7 September 1990 (1990-09-07)
GenrePop, art pop
ProducerThomas Dolby
Prefab Sprout chronology
Protest Songs
Jordan: The Comeback
A Life of Surprises: The Best of Prefab Sprout
Singles from Jordan: The Comeback
  1. "Looking for Atlantis"
    Released: July 1990
  2. "We Let the Stars Go"
    Released: October 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Sounds4.5/5 stars[6]


Critical receptionEdit

Jordan: The Comeback received rave reviews that compared songwriter and lead singer Paddy McAloon to everyone from William Shakespeare to Marvin Gaye.[9]

Jason Ankeny of AllMusic gave the album 4.5 stars out of 5, calling it "Prefab Sprout's largely successful attempt to embrace the breadth of popular music".[1] He added: "Over the course of no less than 19 tracks, McAloon chases his twin preoccupations of religion and celebrity, creating a loose thematic canvas perfect for his expanding musical palette".[1] David Wild of Rolling Stone said, "If Brian Wilson at the height of his creative powers had spent a year in the studio working up a concept album about love, God and Elvis, the result might have sounded like Jordan: The Comeback."[9] Ira Robbins of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a grade of B+, saying: "Those accustomed to musical junk food may find Jordan: The Comeback too subtle and complex at first, but this airy delicacy is a taste worth acquiring."[3]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Paddy McAloon.

1."Looking for Atlantis"4:03
2."Wild Horses"3:44
3."Machine Gun Ibiza"3:43
4."We Let the Stars Go"3:39
5."Carnival 2000"3:23
6."Jordan: The Comeback"4:13
7."Jesse James Symphony"2:15
8."Jesse James Bolero"4:10
10."All the World Loves Lovers"3:50
11."All Boys Believe Anything"1:34
12."The Ice Maiden"3:19
13."Paris Smith"2:55
14."The Wedding March"2:50
15."One of the Broken"3:55
18."Scarlet Nights"4:17
19."Doo-Wop in Harlem"3:44


Credits adapted from liner notes.

Prefab Sprout

Additional musicians

  • Luís Jardim – percussion
  • Judd Lander – harmonica (on "Looking for Atlantis")
  • Jenny Agutter – "I Want to Have You" vocals (on "Wild Horses")
  • The Phantom Horns – horns (on "Carnival 2000")

Technical personnel

  • Thomas Dolby – production
  • Paul Gomersall – recording
  • Eric Calvi – mixing
  • Paul Cuddeford – engineering assistance
  • Karen White – engineering assistance
  • Adrian Moore – engineering assistance
  • Charlie Smith – engineering assistance
  • Derek McCartney – engineering assistance
  • Chris Puram – engineering assistance
  • Mark Williams – engineering assistance
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Tim Young – mastering (on "Looking for Atlantis")
  • Gerry Judah – cover concept, art direction
  • Peter Barrett – cover design
  • Andrew Biscomb – cover design
  • Jonathan Lovekin – cover photography
  • Trevor Hart – cover photography
  • The Douglas Brothers – group portrait


Chart Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 7


  1. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Jordan: The Comeback – Prefab Sprout". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ a b Robbins, Ira (5 October 1990). "Jordan: The Comeback". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ Collins, Andrew (18 August 1990). "Prefab Sprout: Jordan: The Comeback". NME.
  5. ^ Linehan, Graham (October 1990). "The King Of Jordan". Select (4): 118.
  6. ^ Berger, George (1990). "Prefab Sprout: Jordan: The Comeback". Sounds.
  7. ^ McCann, Ian (October 1990). "Prefab Sprout: Jordan: The Comeback". Vox (1).
  8. ^ a b c d "Prefab Sprout". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  9. ^ a b Wild, David (7 March 1991). "Paddy McAloon: The Last Pop Genius". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 March 2018.

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