Prefab Sprout

The reclusive and now very much bearded Paddy McAloon returns next month with a brand-new Prefab Sprout album entitled Crimson/Red, and BBC 6 Music listeners recently got to hear the first single, “The Best Jewel Thief in the World,” when it was premiered on the “Radcliffe and Maconie” show. Check out the lush album opener below.

The 10-track Crimson/Red is due out Oct. 7 in the U.K., and it’s the sophistipop act’s first since the 2009 release of Let’s Change the World With Music, a collection that actually had been mostly recorded in the early ’90s as an aborted follow-up to Jordan: The Comeback. So it’s really the first new Prefab Sprout music since The Gunman and Other Stories in 2001.







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