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The Proclaimers
Born Innocent
Persevere Records
www.proclaimers.co.uk


Since the long ago strains of "Throw The R Away" I, and several of my closest friends, have been fans of the Proclaimers. Then they catapulted into the limelight with the inclusion of "(I'm gonna be) 500 Miles" on the Benny And Joon soundtrack, and the whole world seemed to be catching notice of this amazing duo's work. But then subsequent releases failed to catch the attention of the listening public, and quite a few releases there have been. Each and every release since the first has been solid, rocking folk music, witty and immediate in its message.

On Born Innocent, the Reid brothers' trademark vocal harmonies drive each song, just as in days of old. The music is ably produced by Edwyn Collins, and seems to capture the vibe of a Proclaimers' live show - full of frenetic energy and epileptic thrashing about. Still mainly focused on the basic songs, an acoustic guitar and vocal arrangement, this record fills out nicely with an amazing band that pushes the songs just that tiny bit further. There is not the sense of disappointment the zealous fans felt when Bob Dylan went electric; rather there is an overall sense of completeness to the sound of this record. Like a band that has come into its own, filling out songs as necessary, but never overdoing it.

"Born Innocent" begins the album in pure rock'n'roll fashion, putting down a strong beat and up tempo energy that continues throughout a good bit of the record. "Unguarded Moments" slows down for a reflective piece, laced heavily with whirling Wurlitzer organ and Van Morrison style vocalizations. Never one to pass up the love/hate ideal in their songs, the Proclaimers continue to churn out angstful love poetry like "Hate My Love". "I like the smell of petrol/ I love the taste of booze/ But I hate my love for you/ I like Johnny Cash/ Singing A Boy Named Sue/ But I hate my love for you…"

Never a dull moment, Born Innocent continues, in true Proclaimers fashion, to hypnotize the ear… at times lulling the listener into submission, and other times working them into a frenzy of emotion. And all with those delightful Scottish accents. Keep it up, me boyos.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Born Innocent
2. Should Have Been Loved
3. Blood On Your Hands
4. Unguarded Moments
5. Hate My Love
6. Redeemed
7. You Meant It Then
8. Five O'clock World
9. He's Just Like Me
10. Role Model
11. No Witness
12. Dear Deidre
13. There's No Doubt
14. Unguarded Moments (live)
15. Born Innocent (live)


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