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Genre > Rock > Alt & Grunge
HereIncludes 12" x 24” Poster Insert
The wait is over! Teenage Fanclub have returned with Here, the band’s first album in six years.
As ever, song-wise the Fanclub present a textbook representation of democracy in action, the record offering four each by Norman Blake, Gerard Love, and Raymond McGinley. From the almighty chime of opener “I’m In Love” through the ecstatic soul-search of “The First Sight” and the paean to unerring friendship “With You,” Here is a collection of twelve songs about the only things that truly matter: life and love.
As is befitting of a record that took its time to arrive, Here uses reflective space to dazzling effect. “Steady State,” with its gorgeous ebb and flow, has echoes of The Notorious Byrd Brothers’ astral jangle, while “I Was Beautiful When I Was Alive” unexpectedly curves off from dreamlike beginnings into a semi-acoustic/motorik outro, sonically replacing the steady beat of the German autobahn with the vast open skies of the Pacific Coast Highway.
Not for one second is Here the sound of procrastination or headscratching. It’s the effortless work of a band entirely confident in their own craft—the consolidation of nearly three decades of peerless songwriting and almost telepathic musicianship. Here is a record that embraces maturity and experience and hugs them close.1. I’m In Love
2. Thin Air
3. Hold On
4. The Darkest Part Of The Night
5. I Have Nothing More to Say
6. I Was Beautiful When I Was Alive
7. The First Sight
8. Live In The Moment
9. Steady State
10. It’s A Sign
11. With You
12. Connected To Life
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Man-MadeTeenage Fanclub’s Man-Made is part of the Merge Records 25th anniversary reissue series.
Originally released in 2005, Man-Made is a classic Fanclub record in tone and arrangement, and handsomely demonstrates the “less is more” maxim--it is both airier and more light of touch than it’s immediate predecessors. Teenage Fanclub made the record in Chicago with John McEntire (Tortoise) at his Soma Electronic Music Studios.
Though McEntire’s production is subtle, his unique aesthetics are definitely apparent on Man-Made as odd keyboards and sundry other inevitably electronic apparatuses bubble and bleep just below the surface of fuzzed-out guitars, chugging basslines, and layered vocals.1. It’s All In My Mind M
2. Time Stops
5. Slow Fade
6. Only With You
9. Fallen Leaves
11. Born Under A Good Sign
12. Don’t Hide
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ShadowsTeenage Fanclub’s Shadows is part of the Merge Records 25th anniversary reissue series.
Originally released in 2010, Shadows picks up on the introspective, world-weary quality of Man-Made but also delivers a bit of the classic bright pop the band is known for. Where Man-Made found the band struggling with feeling like life was an illusion on the dogged “It’s All in My Mind,” here you get Love’s breezy baroque pop statement of purpose “Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in Anything,” with its chorus of layered synth, strings, flutes, and sundry wind instruments.
Similarly, Blake’s leadoff single “Baby Lee” is a romantic ‘60s-styled folk-rocker that veritably shimmers with positive vibes. Elsewhere, Love’s “Into the City” is a sunshine pop/country-rock love letter to urban days in the sun and McGinley’s “Today Never Ends” is slow-burn psychedelic country-rock rumination on the past, the present, and a perfect day that never ends. If the day is as sun-drenched and relaxed as the songs on Shadows implies, then may it and Teenage Fanclub go on and on1. Sometimes I Don’t Need To
2. Believe in Anything
3. Baby Lee
4. The Fall
5. Into The City
6. Dark Clouds
7. The Past
8. Shock and Awe
9. When I Still Have Thee
10. Live With the Seasons
11. Sweet Days Waiting
12. The Back of My Mind
13. Today Never Ends
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BandwagonesqueBandwagonesque, the Scottish Teenage Fanclub's sophomore album, was released on two of the most prolific indie labels of the early nineties; Creation in the UK & Geffen in the Unites States. And as disparate as those two labels might seem, Teenage Fanclub managed to unite the guitar sludge with the infectious melodies of both the budding Grunge and Britpop movements. It's no surprise that the forerunners of both genres – Kurt Cobain and Noel Gallagher – named Teenage Fanclub the best band in the world. (Alright; Noel Gallagher said they were the second best band in the world).
But despite its massive critical success – Bandwagonesque topped Spin Magazine's end of year list, beating Nevermind, Out Of Time and Loveless – the mainstream didn't follow until a few years later.
Bandwagonesque is filled with incandescent harmonies, lazy yet immediate songs and a laissez faire irony; its classic guitar pop makes it one of the 1001 albums you have to have heard before you die…1. The Concept
4. What You Do To Me
5. I Don't Know
6. Star Sign
7. Metal Baby
8. Pet Rock
11. Guiding Star
12. Is This Music?
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Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
And when you want the full and real alt rock experience, you’ve gotta try it out on vinyl, and SoundStage Direct is your one-stop shop for all the best alternative rock vinyls.