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Business as usual,
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.