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Man-Made
Man-Made
Offered by cdworld-ireland
Price: £9.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Business as usual, 16 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Man-Made (Audio CD)
"Something simple and unaffected" sang Norman Blake on 1995's Grand Prix album, and this could well describe Man Made. With more of a "live" sound than previous TFC offerings, the album continues their tradition of well played heartfelt songs. Possibly not as immediate as some of their releases but revealing hidden textures with every listen, Man Made was one of the highlights of 2005. Individual songs are difficult to highlight as the standard is so high, but the urgent guitars of "Born Under A Good Sign" and "Slow Fade" recall the bands early 90s recordings, while the predominantly acoustic "Cells" and Raymond McGinley's piano led "Only With You" show welcome diversity. All three songwriters: Blake, McGinley and Gerry Love are on form and the album works well as a whole. Another great record from one of Scotland - and the UK's - finest bands.


Big Sur
Big Sur
Offered by Mattpuss
Price: £0.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden delight., 27 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Big Sur (Audio CD)
Whilst The Thrills' debut album was a trifle disappointing, this single goes a long way to explaining some of the extravagant hype the band received. Great harmonies enhance a superb summery tune which is improved upon by the superb b-side "No one likes to be upstaged" which amazingly didn't make the rather one-paced
debut album. Get it before it becomes an expensive collectors item.


I Dont Want to Control You [CD 2]
I Dont Want to Control You [CD 2]
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £12.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great single from northern britain, 17 Jun. 2003
This perfect summery pop song is one of the many stand-out moments from Teenage Fanclub's "Songs From Northern Britain album", fans of the band should try and track down this single for TFC's cover version of He'd Be a Diamond, a great song often played live by the band as part of their encore. The other b-side, Raymond McGinley's Live My Life, is also well worth listening to.


Sparkys Dream [CD 1]
Sparkys Dream [CD 1]
Offered by penelope kennedy
Price: £1.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fanclub's best single?, 8 May 2003
This review is from: Sparkys Dream [CD 1] (Audio CD)
For the uninitiated, Teenage Fanclub are a guitar band from Scotland who make wonderful jangly harmony-filled guitar-pop music. Sparky's Dream from the Grand Prix album is, according to many fans of the band, one of their greatest tunes. For fans of the band it is well worth tracking down a copy of this single. Although Ray McGinley's B-Side is a bit of filler on this occasion there are two other great songs sung by Gerry Love: Headstand and a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "Burned".


Howdy!
Howdy!
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £8.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop Perfection., 8 May 2003
This review is from: Howdy! (Audio CD)
Teenage Fanclub, surely the most underappreciated band of recent times, carried on where their previous album "Songs From Northern Britain" had left off with another collection of harmonic masterpieces. This record is a real grower and, while I wouldn't recommend it as your first Fanclub purchase (try the new Best Of or Grand Prix) there are enough quality moments to ensure a five-star rating. Norman Blake, Gerry Love and Ray McGinley are great singers and songwriters and have produced the goods yet again. From the chiming "I Need Direction" with its "ba ba ba" backing vocals to the call and response vocals of "My Uptight Life, this album is a must for anyone who enjoys jangling guitars, harmonies and summery tunes.


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