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  • Summary: After gaining acclaim for a densely melodic sound that anticipated the coming emergence of grunge, Scotland's Teenage Fanclub return with a harmony-driven album to inspire a power pop revival.

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Baby Lee
Love me, leave me Take my possessions and go Wine me, dine me Wreck all the things that I know I'm enchanted I've fallen under your spell How can I... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Shadows is a touch too twee at times, but more often, it impresses with its understated elegance and classically constructed melodies.
  2. Shadows illustrates the band's strong points - simple yet effective melodies coupled with sumptuous vocal harmonies courtesy of Blake, McGinley and Love while lyrically scaling a fine line between happy-go-lucky romanticism and solemn melancholy.
  3. Uncut
    Shadows is full of drowsy sweetness and mellow doubt: the sound of a great group ageing gracefully. [Jun 2010, p.89]
  4. Under The Radar
    Whereas most of their albums have had at least one or two weak tracks, every tune on Shadows is tight and fully developed. [Spring 2010, p.65]
  5. On Man Made, Teenage Fanclub seemed to be suffering a sort of rock'n'roll midlife crisis. Five years later, Shadows finds them at ease once again.
  6. While the only revolutions here might be the creaky cogs of the Fannies' 20-year career turning nicely, there's little denying they're still worthy of the reverence they effortlessly garner.
  7. The eighth "proper" album from Teenage Fanclub delivers exactly what one expects: gentle, bittersweet guitar pop, which harks back to the 60s without descending into pastiche.

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  1. Nov 10, 2012
    TFC keep the quality high, songwriting and execution-wise on they're latest album. 'When I Still Have Thee' and 'Baby Lee' are two of theirTFC keep the quality high, songwriting and execution-wise on they're latest album. 'When I Still Have Thee' and 'Baby Lee' are two of their best songs, and that's saying a lot. Very strong melodically, and with an excellent flow, this is the kind of album that should be getting more exposure. Expand

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