"Do you know when I was young, I'd paint my face, for the latest taste? Baby, justify the reason behind your style, find a phase that fits and stay there for a while". That segment of the single Radio says it all - this was Teenage Fanclub deliberately avoiding releasing an album similar to the much-loved Bandwagonesque, and attacking the music journos who had hyped them as the next big thing. Its thus ironic that Radio is the most catchy, and probably best, track on show.
Although it starts promisingly, with Hang On's strings and sensitivity, The Cabbage's scathing lyrics yet jaunty tune, and Radio, things quickly go a little more awry. Norman 3 is a pretty big offender - the repeated lyric gets very dull at the end, making for a peculiar choice of single, and its no surprise that it faield to trouble the charts. Plenty of the others just go on too long and fail to quite strike the right emotional chords.
All the same, a few tracks do. 120 Minutes and especially Fear Of Flying are slow-burners with impeccable style and poise, with a lovely "Hey hey hey" added to the outro of the latter.