TEENAGE FAN CLUB Shadows (PeMa) Album
REVERED by the critics and their legion of fans throughout what by now is a lengthy career, Scottish rockers Teenage fan Club’s appeal and popularity goes deeper than that.
They and their music is so damn likeable they must surely be every discerning rock fan’s second favourite band.
It has been five years since their last album the critically acclaimed (what else?) Man-Made.
Their new album Shadows is simply more of the same that has made the quintet loved so much.
The guitars still jingle and jangle on good-natured tunes that seem as if they were designed to tumble out of a celestial ice-cream van.
The references to the Beach Boys and the Byrds remain wrapped up with Caledonian charm.
The band of Norman Blake (guitars, vocals), Raymond McGinley (guitars, vocals), Francis Macdonald (drums) and Gerard Love (bass, vocals) sound as relaxed as a summer’s day.
The songs unfurl with grace and tenderness to reveal a gently beating heart of pure pop.
In an album full of low-key gems there is nothing better than the lead sing, the beautiful Baby Lee.
As ever the songwriting is shared between Norman, Raymond and Gerard, but as befits pals who have been together for more than 20 years you can’t see the joins.
Other highlights include the opening salvo Sometimes I Don’t Need To Believe In Anything and Into The City which is Scottish country music at its finest.
No doubt Shadows will sell in moderate numbers, but there will be few classier albums released this year.