a three-year hiatus, some of that due to Creation Records
closing up shop, the Fanclub has returned more potent than
ever. This is the first single from their forthcoming full
length, Howdy. And if the songs here are any sign of
what sound they are doing now and what Howdy will sound
like, then Iím going to be one happy little fella.
single track is one of the best Fanclub songs Iíve heard in
years. And thatís something to write Ma about, cause Iíve
liked everything theyíve put out--immensely. This track blends
all the years of pop style theyíve tried into a three amazing
minutes. A great mix of power indie pop meets the Byrds with
a little Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young thrown in as well.
Beautiful harmonies make this track flow right through you,
making you wish it was a twelve minute opus, just to be able
to enjoy it that long. The second track couldíve very well
made this a double A-sided single. I may not jump out as well
as the first, but it doesnít take long to sink in and you
get lost in the lyrics as the songís story unfolds--or maybe
in just the sheer beauty of the song. These boys should be
on the next VH1-Storyteller session. Not only are their songs
lyrically smart and tell life stories, these guys are full
of humor, would be great entertainers and have buckets of
stories to throw on the audience. The last tune is one of
the best Pixies covers Iíve gotten to listen to, and thereís
been a lot of Pixies covers lately. During the track you keep
expecting Kim Deal to chime in, but with great harmonies,
about a minute into the song you forget itís a cover. After
six full-length records and an armload of singles, Teenage
Fanclub are still as good as they ever were, if not better.
Theyíre one of the few bands from that early 90ís wave of
Brit pop that is still putting out quality stuff. Now thatís
something you write both Ma and Pa about.