A warm trib­ute to Teenage Fan­club

Los Angeles Times - - POP & HISS - — Mikael Wood

Did the uni­verse need this? Prob­a­bly not.

But fans of Death Cab for Cutie and Teenage Fan­club — and jan­gly, gui­tar-based in­die pop in gen­eral — will be pleased to have it. Willed into be­ing by the proudly fussy mu­sic-and-food web­site Turntable Kitchen, “Band­wag­onesque” is the Death Cab front­man’s song-by-song re-cre­ation of the Scot­tish band’s 1991 al­bum (which semi-fa­mously topped Nir­vana’s “Nev­er­mind” on Spin mag­a­zine’s year-end list).

In the U.S., Teenage Fan­club never amounted to much more than a crit­i­cal fave, but the fuzzy riffs and sweet vo­cal har­monies on “Band­wag­onesque” clearly made a for­ma­tive im­pact on the teenage Gib­bard.

His ex­act­ing trib­ute is as warm as it is faith­ful.

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