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  • Vinyl (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PeMa
  • ASIN: B003IXAOHU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sometimes I Don't Need to Believe in Anything
2. Baby Lee
3. The Fall
4. Into the City
5. Dark Clouds
6. The Past
7. Shock and Awe
8. When I Still Have Thee
9. Live With the Seasons
10. Sweet Days Waiting
11. The Back of My Mind
12. Today Never Ends

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Murphy on 19 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
I thought TFC's last but one album "Howdy" was a lovely piece and it is maturing nicely (but hey, it got me through a break-up, so...) but I felt that "Man-Made" was a little thin, with only Norman's songs standing out.

This LP promised the same thinness and on the first 2 or three listens I was a little dissapointed - nice noises but where's the passion?

THEN, all of a sudden, the tunes, the harmonies, the instrumentations and the lyrics hit you all at once and you realise this LP is SWOONY - light, airy, colourful and sweet, it is mature fanclub, packed with glistening moments and with an even spread of achievement across the personnel. The absolute platinum stand -out for me is Gerry Love's gorgeous "Shock and Awe" - as lovely and blissful a song as he has written in the past 10 years.

If you had left the Fannies behind, come back. This is a sweet and tender delight of a record that will be the soundtrack to your summer and maybe your autumn too. Think of it as the third part of a trilogy with the softer spoken "Howdy", "Man-Made" and now "Shadows". Heavenly stuff.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
The recent death of Teenage Fanclub's great inspiration Alex Chilton from Big Star served to remind you in addition quite how long the boys from Glasgow themselves have been "treading the boards". Like Big Star they have made over their inestimable career some of the most delicious pop/rock songs this side of the Pecos. The list must include songs like "Everything Flows", "Neil Jung", "Sparky's Dream", "Alcoholiday" "Ain't that enough" and "Starsign" which are up as some of the greatest British songs of the past two decades. It only seems like a nano second ago that "Bandwagonesque" their second album was actually topping Nirvana's "Nevermind" in end of year polls and indeed Kurt Cobain never hid his affection for the Fannies and regularly name checked them in press interviews.

Obviously if your looking for Flying Lotus style experimentation in a Teenage Fanclub album look elsewhere. Their strength is always in their songs with song writing duties generally shared between Norman Blake, Gerard Love and Raymond McGinley. As you would expect Roger McQuinn style harmonies predominate and songs packed with warm melodies and killer hooks. To be fair on this album they do branch out with the sumptuous piano ballad "Dark Clouds" and a guest spot for Euros Childs from Welsh wonders Gorky's. Other highlights includes the melodic rocker "Shock and Awe" which is vintage Teenage Fanclub and is guaranteed to bring an extra skip to your step, the truly lovely "Into the city" which is one of their best songs in a long long while and the slow rolling mesmerising country ballad "Today never ends" with echoes of Crosby Stills and Nash is excellent. Opener "Sometimes I don't need to believe in anything" demands no more than you lie back and stare into blue skies and be enveloped by its warmth.
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Format: Audio CD
I need to state my credentials here , listening to this album as I am, some four years after its release, like someone who has just eagerly grabbed a favourite band;s new album. I didn't catch Teenage Fanclub the first time around. Until last year I had only heard the majestic Ain't That Enough on the Shine 97 compilation ,but I always loved that track and in 2013 I decided to buy the 5 album package (Bandwagonesque, Thirteen, Grand Prix, Songs from Northern Britain and Howdy). That has to be biggest bargain ever! I have played all five albums constantly ever since, in bewilderment that TFC don't have more widespread recognition.

All the aforementioned albums have a high % of killer tracks and a few that aren't so good. What I love about this album is that there are no duff tracks, which is leading me to rate Shadows as possibly their best album - definitely the most consistent.

I've read the TFC reviews arguing that Raymond McGinley's songs on the older albums are not as strong as Gerard and Normans', and I must say I understand that viewpoint. However, what I love about this album is the strength of Ray's songs and his vocal delivery - his voice seems to have mellowed and matured. I think his clutch of four songs is probably the strongest of the three writers on Shadows. His highlight is The Fall - beautiful melody, lyrics and vocal delivery, but all three writers are on form. Norman's highpoint is The Back of my Mind - all west coast harmonies and jangling guitars. Gerard's Shock & Awe is classic Fanclub - right up there with their best.

If you like the Fannies or just love great music...buy this album. The quality of the songs is stunning. I hope one day they will they get the recognition they deserve?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sennj on 8 Jan 2011
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of Teenage Fanclub and this is a solid, though not spactacular, release. Lovely melodies, more hooks than a tackle box, an understated folky vibe--the record easily makes my top 10 for the year. The problem comes from the vinyl pressing that I received. As with far too many modern vinyl editions, there seems to have been little care taken in terms of releasing a quality product. My brand-new copy had numerous flaws--deep scuffs, scratches, voids--which caused several loud pops and constant noise throughout. A real shame and a tremendous letdown for fans.
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