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5.0 out of 5 stars Still fannying around, 31 Jan. 2003
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This review is from: 4766 Seconds - Shortcut to Teenage Fanclub (Best of) (Audio CD)
A decade on and a career retrospective from Glasgow's finest. Simple, beautifully crafted and melodic songs form the backbone of a collection which merely further proves the injustice of musical success. On the fringes of Britpop in the nineties before being almost criminally ignored as the decade closed, the 'Fannies' were doing then what Travis are doing now (yet with more wit and guile than Francis Healy could ever dream possible). Three new tracks 'The World'll be OK','Empty space' and 'Did I say' show no radical change of direction and are all the better for it, the latter being a classic Norman Blake offering. As a retrospective it chooses from all six Fanclub albums, concentrating most heavily on 'Grand Prix', their finest moment, from which five songs are taken. 'Neil Jung' & 'Sparkys dream' are as fresh as ever, harmonised power-pop of the highest degree. Arguably the album has glaring omissions (most notably 'Alcoholiday', 'Near you' and 'Discolite'), which could have replaced the odd track ('Hang on' wasn't even one of the best tracks on 'Thirteen'!) but herein lies the only grumble. Arguably nothing new for fans (three aforementioned tracks excepted) but an essential purchase for those yet to experience the pleasures of Teenage Fanclub. No hype, no intense marketing campaign, no fighting with the italian mafia and no duff track in sight. Categorise as you see fit - indie/pop/rock whatever, but surely what matters are fantastic songs which crave a wider audience. And at the end of the day, to quote Gerard Love, ain't that enough?
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