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Not an obvious choice, but you'll never regret it. Promise.
on 21 May 2002
You may remember 'Letter from America' as a novelty chart hit, but to judge the Proclaimers solely on the strength of that would be like judging Van Morrison on 'Brown Eyed Girl' - great, but only the tip of the iceberg. And this iceberg bears a lot further comparison. These brothers Reid may appear to be at the other end of the musical spectrum from their namesakes in the Jesus and Mary Chain - reverent where they're irreverent, light where they're dark, optimistic where they're cynical. But consider this: both have stuck to their musical and philosophical guns as doggedly and determinedly as the other. It may not sound like rebellion, but overtly Christian singer-songwriters who espouse socio-political issues with such fire and passion are hardly thick on the ground, are they? There has to be room in your ears for tunes of the strength of 'Cap in hand', 'Make my heart fly', 'Joyful Kilmarnock Blues', and the sweeping, moving, aching sweetness of 'Sunshine on Leith'. Okay, so it might be music you listen to more on your own than in company - but don't tell me you don't have a few discs like that which you really, really love. And you will really, really love this one, if you can bring yourself to audition it. Do yourself a favour.