Shadows - Teenage Fanclub
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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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  1. Shadows is a touch too twee at times, but more often, it impresses with its understated elegance and classically constructed melodies.
  2. Shadows returns to the lush, meticulously crafted sound of previous albums.
  3. Shadows, their eighth album, piles the instrumental layers back on without sacrificing any of the Scots' traditional strengths. [July 2010, p. 140]
  4. 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
    9
    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 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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