Songs From Northern Britain was the 6th album by Teenage Fanclub, originally released in 1997. It was their most polished album but still found the band in fine melodic form. Ain’t That Enough and Your Love Is A Place Where I Come From are worth the admission price alone. Nick Hornby is a fan of the album and included the latter track in his book 31 Songs. Initial pressings come with a bonus 7”.
Vinyl LP £22.99 19075837041
180g vinyl reissue LP, remastered from the original tapes at Abbey Road. Initial pressing includes bonus 7" subject to availability.
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- Songs From Northern Britain by Teenage Fanclub
My absolute favourite Teenage Fanclub album and to these ears knocks the socks off Grand Prix which always seems to get the plaudits. Throughout, the album has an autumnal sepia tinge.... as if it was recorded in late August/early September just as the leaves were beginning to turn. It has songs for everyone - classy Byrds-esque jangle poppers ('Start Again', 'Ain't That Enough'), early middle aged emo stompers ('Can't Feel My Soul'), big shiny Big Star ballad's (I Don't Want Control of You') Brit pop defeating flag wavers ('Take the Long Way Round') and to top it all 'Your Love is the Place Where I Come From' - one of their finest ever compositions - an absolute drop dead brilliant piece of work. Tugs at every heartstring you ever knew and oh those trademark guitars at the end. Oh lordy.
Basically it's what the Byrds would sound like if they were Scottish. All the Teenage Fanclub records have got vinyl re-issues this month and all have something to recommend them but if you want to find the place where they hit perfection this could well be it.
9/10 Fire Brigade 23rd May 2018
Following up their finest moment, Grand Prix, was always going to be tough but Teenage Fanclub did a pretty good job of it with Songs From Northern Britain. It's a chiming melody-fest featuring some of their best songs. Ain't That Enough, Your Loves Is The Place Where I Come From, Winter, Start Again and I Don't Care are the stand out moments. There are a couple of sludgy patches in the middle but Teenage Fanclub's sludgy patches are still pretty good - they set a very high standard elsewhere so it's still worth raving about.
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