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Teenage Fanclub – Here

September 21, 2016

One of my favorite albums from the early 90s was Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque.  It is famous for being selected as the best album of 1991 by Spin magazine – Nirvana’s Nevermind came in second.  At the time I was keen on Big Star and Bandwagonesque was joking referred to as Big Star’s Fourth.  I checked out their next few albums, but none of those resonated with me like Bandwagonesque. So I kind of forgot about Teenage Fanclub.

I recently got turned on to Spotify’s Release Radar from my favorite music blogger Bob Lefsetz (The Lefsetz Letter).   I was listening and this amazing song came on and it turned out to be Teenage Fanclub’s “Thin Air.”  I had no idea they were still even a band.  I bought a copy of the vinyl LP on based on that one song and I have not regrets.

Here has taken the sound I loved on Bandwagonesque and quieted it down.  Over 25 years the band has aged well.  The band always had great harmonies, but with a quite sound those harmonies really shine.  The album reminds me a bit of early 80s album by the Moody Blues called Long Distance Voyager which was wonderful beatlesque pop.  Here is mellow and upbeat at the same time. There is nothing better than lush pop and Here is luscious.

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