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- Truckload Of Trouble by The Pastels
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 17th February 2015
"Truckload Of Trouble" is a retrospective of the gloriously shambolic Glaswegian band The Pastels. Their songs have that beautiful nearly falling apart quality - ramshackle yet melodic and memorable. The songs on here range from 1986 - 1993. The album opens with "Thank You For Being You" which is as close to fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub as The Pastels tend to get. The earliest song on here, "Truck Train Tractor" has an almost Jesus and Mary Chain meets The Wedding Present feel to it. There are some oddities on here like "Firebell Ringing" which sounds like the wonkiest version of Orange Juice you could imagine. There a couple of worthwhile covers on here, Daniel Johnston's "Speeding Motorcycle" and Mike Nesmith's "Different Drum". This is good if you want a quick snapshot of a classic band, but of course with all such bands their full albums are always worth investigating.