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Scot­land’s Teenage Fan Club have long been one of Britain’s most loved bands and one of in­die rock’s great­est suc­cess sto­ries. Over the years – they formed in 1989 – they have had plenty of crit­i­cal plau­dits, some com­mer­cial suc­cess and one of Brit­pop’s ul­ti­mate ac­co­lades ... the ap­proval of Noel Gal­lagher.

He called them “the sec­ond best band in the world’’ af­ter Oa­sis of course!

Af­ter a six-year gap Here is the band’s 10th al­bum and de­spite their vet­eran sta­tus feels as fresh and vi­brant as some of their jus­ti­fi­ably rev­ered early work such as Band­wag­onesque and Grand Prix.

All the el­e­ments are in place – the lilt­ing West Coast gui­tar rock with echoes of the Byrds and the Beach Boys welded to the Cale­do­nian in­die pop tra­di­tion of the likes of Orange Juice.

The band’s three founder mem­bers Nor­man Blake, Ray­mond McGin­ley and Ger­ard Love as usual share the song­writ­ing with each con­tribut­ing four songs.

They are ably as­sisted by drum­mer Fran­cis Macdonald and key­board player Dave McGowan.

The al­bum opens with the Blake penned I’m In Love that chimes and jan­gles in clas­sic Teenage Fan Club style.

The qual­ity is im­pres­sively con­sis­tent through­out with stand-outs With You, It’s ASign and The First Sight.

There are no star­tling new de­pa­tures with TFC just do­ing what TFC do best – which is mak­ing mu­sic that’s as wel­come as an old friend. To be in with a chance of win­ning this al­bum an­swer this ques­tion. What was the band’s de­but al­bum called? En­tries to, Teenage, Nigel Thorn­ton, Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, Unex House - Suite B,Bourges Boule­vard, Peter­bor­ough, PE1 1NG by Septem­ber 16.

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