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A sublime educational experience,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Catholic Education (New Digipack Edition) (Audio CD)
There are many who would have this as a stepping stone to future greatness, but for me Teenage Fanclub were already there. The rough-hewn guitar sound and comparatively primitive mix gives the songs edge and mystery. There is less attempt to emulate their heroes and more focus on feel and energy. But the greatest plus is the songs. With the greatest respect to Messrs. Love and McGinlay, both fine songwriters, it's no coincidence that this great recording is also mainly comprised of songs written by Norman Blake (or, as he's mysteriously credited, 'Morman Blake'), one of the greatest word/tunesmiths of this or any era.The title track fizzes along in both incarnations like a firework whilst 'Everything Flows' possesses one of the most beautiful choruses ever written. To conclude this album you get one of the most joyously vitriolic putdown songs ever, 'Everybody's Fool', with the unrepeatable chorus. Some might argue you should go for another title if you're new to Teenage Fanclub, but I disagree; this superb record contains the very essence of the group and as such is a worthwhile purchase whether you're a fan, a novice or, as Dave Nice would say, just love guitar-based rock in general. Let us rock.