Caledonian indie veterans Teenage Fanclub are back with their tenth album, Here. It is their first album in 6 years following 2010’s Shadows. Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley and Gerard Love have contributed four songs each to the album which shows the band as masters of their craft. Here is released on the band's own label, PeMa.
Vinyl LP £18.99 PEMA9LP
LP on PeMa.
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CD £11.99 PEMA9CD
CD on PeMa.
Limited Vinyl LP £18.99 PEMA9LPX
Limited indies only CLEAR vinyl LP + on PeMa. Includes 12"x24" poster.
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You have to hand it to them. Smartly dressed by Man at Marks and Spencer, Teenage Fanclub have aged perfectly. They are middle aged men, talking about middle aged things playing music that they like. They seem content and manage to steer away from the issue that a lot of bands have in that they are not trying to be young or vital. They like Big Star and they don’t care who knows it. They are not going to collaborate with Oneohtrix Point Never anytime soon.
‘Here’ however doesn’t live quite up to the pre release hype probably written by fellow middle aged people for whom Teenage Fanclub bring a dose of warm nostalgia. The harsher truth is that they haven’t written a truly great album since ‘Songs From Northern Britain’ and ‘Here’ has a quaint production style that sometimes stifles their melodic instincts. There’s no doubting through that they can write a good tune, the main advantage this band have over a lot of their contemporaries is that they have three talented songwriters - all of whom like the Byrds. Therefore out of the first five tracks, three of them are corkers, ‘The Darkest Part Of Night’ is a particular chimer and could be easily be compared to their flowing tunes from the past such as ‘I Don’t Want Control Of You’. ‘Thin Air’ is as close as they get to their younger day rockers with a typical Chilton-esque melody. As the album wears there’s a lot of slow tracks which is why perhaps the it is taking a while to hit. It’s a slow burner and I find the more I’m playing it the more I’m enjoying this more reflective side of the band but prepared not to get immediately satisfying results.
‘Here’ isn’t quite the late period classic I was hoping for but it’s an enjoyable album of charming tuneful pop. Ain't that enough?
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