Teenage Fanclub – Songs From Northern Britain
Teenage Fanclub: Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley (vocals, guitar); Gerard Love (vocals, bass); Paul Quinn (drums).
Additional personnel: George Borowski (guitar, background vocals); Sonia Slany, Jocelyn Pook, Ann Morfee, Dinah Beamish, Susan Bell, Claire Osler, Sara Herbert, Jules Singleton (strings); Neil Sidwell, Steve Sidwell, Jamie Talbot, Dave Bishop (brass); David Bianco (piano).
Engineers: David Bianco, Jamie Seyberth, George Shilling.
Recorded at Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey, England between May 20 and July 10, 1996; AIR Studios, London, England on December 1-7 and February 3-8, 1997; Abbey Road Studios, London, England on June 16, 1996.
Critics are always citing Big Star and Neil Young as this band's biggest inspirations, but as far as this disc is concerned, just think Byrds and you'll have the "influence thing" covered. "Start Again" is vintage Fanclub; layered vocal harmony throughout, a simple ringing guitar break, all of it wrapped up in a mellow, mid-tempo pop package. This is lush guitar pop, pure and unblemished by affectation or fashion, delivered in a straight-ahead, honest style.
"Can't Feel My Soul" builds on top of a monotonous, clanging wash of chiming guitars and, as usual, two, maybe three chords, but no more. The guitar solo is typical Fanclub; short, fuzzy and to the point. If you like sweet, slightly skewed, sixties-oriented pop, you'd do well to join this particular fanclub.