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on 9 December 2000
Howdy may not break any new ground, but if you are TFC why do you need to. Songs such as My Uptight Life can speak directly to myself and cause me to reflect on my own uptight life. I believe this album is an antidote to the cold winter rain. It's Byrdsy, Bandy, Big starry and Beach Boyies melodies and harmonys take you to California to bask in the sunshine.
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on 5 July 2002
Teenage Fanclub are to music what Nick Hornby is to books.
Their songs are funny, unpretentious, smarter than they look, mad for pop ( Byrds, Beatles, Big Star, Beach Boys, bubblegum, Neil Young) good company. Buy this new, buy this used but GET THIS INTO YOUR HOME. You'll like it.
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on 24 October 2000
This is their sixth album now, but they just seem to be getting better and better - how they are not the biggest band in the world now is simply beyond me.
Having absorbed and synthesised many influences throughout their career most noticeably, the Byrds, Big Star, Beach Boys, Neil Young etc.they have created very their own blend of perfect pop music.
If you enjoy shimmering sundrenched songs straight from the heart ,set against fantastic musical arrangements featuring classic jangling guitar - particular that killer twangy break at the end of I Need Direction then you must get this album into your life.
The songs pack great hooks big enough to catch a great white shark particularly the one from Near You. That's not to mention those harmonies soaring into the sonic stratosphere.
Like those early Byrds albums its impossible to be depressed after listening to this album..
In messrs Love, Blake and McGinley Teenage Fanclub possess writers of contrasting styles but of equal and complementary brilliance.
In a perfect world of perfect pop Teenage Fanclub would be hailed as the world greatest band. Unfortunately it is not a perfect world but at least we have Teenage Fanclub to brighten it up and as far as pop music goes - it doesn'' get any better than Howdy.
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on 7 November 2000
It doesn't seem to matter what time of year you listen to Teenage Fanclub, it always feels like summer. Their music is fantastically bright, breezy and tuneful. This, along with Aimee Mann and Belle and Sebastian, will probably sell nothing like they should, but deserve to find a place in your home.
Once again, Gerry Love makes the most telling contributions. Four fantastic songs with Beach Boys harmonies, Beatles hooks, but unmistakably Teenage Fanclub. One amazon review declared Raymond McGinlay's songs to be the weakest on the album, but he has probably made his strongest contribution yet. My Uptight Life and Happiness especially are excellent. Norman Blakes songs complete the set with some brilliantly simple melodies.
BUY, almost the best album of the year.
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on 8 August 2004
After two great albums, Grand Prix and Songs From Northern Britain, Teenage Fanclub take a backward step and release an album that most bands would be happy with, but come on, it's not up to their own standards. It sounds like they forgot to add something; Great songs. The only songwriter on form is Gerry Love, whose songs shine with pop magic. Norman Blake provides his worst ever contributions to a TFC album, while Raymond McGinlay (never very good at the best of times) is also running low on good songs. The stand out song of the album is Gerry Love's pop gem, Near You but even that gets marks off for a horrendous bass drum in the chorus. The other song that stands out, again a Gerry Love song, is The Town And the City. On this evidence, TFC have surely run their course and even the thought of old guys calling themselves Teenage Fanclub, sounds rediculous. I would love to hear a solo album from Gerry Love as he seems to be the standout writer carrying his mates. TFC are over unless they try harder. The best idea would be to let Gerry Love write more of the songs.
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on 13 October 2001
THIS IS THE SOUND OF A BAND ON THE WAY OUT.THEY ONLY HAVE TO WRITE FOUR GOOD SONGS EACH EVERY TWO YEARS, AND IF THIS IS THE BEST THEY CAN DO, I'M AFRAID THEY'RE GONNA DISAPPEAR.THEY'VE NEVER BEEN STRONG ON THE LYRIC FRONT, AND THIS ALBUM SEES SOME REAL HOWLERS. THE ONLY SAVING GRACE IS THE FACT THAT GERRY LOVE STILL KNOWS HOW TO WRITE A GREAT TUNE AS DEMONSTRATED BY "NEAR YOU" AND "THE TOWN AND THE CITY". NORMAN BLAKE HAS ONE HALF DECENT TUNE ON THE WHOLE ALBUM,"IF I NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN", AND IF THEY DON'T RAISE THE STANDARD, WE PROBABLY WON'T.THEY NEED A PRODUCER TO STOP THEM FROM MESSING THINGS UP, SOMEONE TO TELL THEM WHEN THEY'RE GOING WRONG.
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on 25 May 2016
Bargain!!!
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