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Teenage Fanclub
I Need Direction EP
Columbia U.K.


After 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.

The 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.

-Jeff Turner

Track Listing:

  1. I Need Direction
  2. I Lied
  3. Here Comes Your Man


Mike Doughty



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