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Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Six Seconds: a Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (27 Jan. 2003)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Poolside
  • ASIN: B00006ZSD2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Teenage Fanclub emerged at the start of the 1990s it was hard to imagine them surviving the length of a gig. More than a decade on, as 4,766 Secondsattests, they have become something of a touchstone: rousing, unfailingly melodious comforters through good and bad times, both musical and personal. 4,766 Secondscollects 21 of their best tunes, drawn from those first bleary, clanging responses to American grunge (the still magnificent "Everything Flows"), through to three new songs. As is traditional with this sort of thing, there are plenty of weird omissions (notably "Alcoholiday") for fans to gripe about. No matter. Teenage Fanclub have spent their career proving that three fine songwriters, good nature, great harmonies and an inspiring sense of community can make for tremendous rock music. Here, then, are jangly drinking songs ("The Concept"), breathless power pop ("Starsign", "Radio") and uncommonly mature love songs ("I Don't Want Control Of You", "Mellow Doubt"). And here are gentle anthems for those of us too sensitive for Oasis, and who always preferred the Byrds to the Beatles anyway. --John Mulvey

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Teenage Fanclub, despite critical acclaim and a strong cult following, never achieved the success they deserved, although it is probably fair to say that they deliberately shunned the spotlight in their own unassumingly eccentric way. Their masterpiece, Grand Prix, was released during the heady Britpop days back in 1995, the year of Blur's The Great Escape, and Creation labelmates Oasis' multi-platinum Britrock monster What's the Story? Superior to both records in every possible way, Grand Prix did well but not quite well enough, and these perhaps most quintessentially Britpop combinations of beautiful melodies and jagged noise remained criminally ignored by the majority of the record buying public.
A shame as this compilation emphasises the Fannies commitment to writing great songs (yes pop songs), life affirmingly great music that fuses the scuzzy, crunching guitar noise of alternative American noiseniks like Dinosaur Jr and their ilk with the vocal harmonies of the Beach Boys circa Pet Sounds and the beautiful, whimsical melodies of cult favourites Big Star and, of course, the Beatles. Teenage Fanclub are not musical mavericks in the vein of other acts signed to Creation in the early years; original pioneers like former labelmates My Bloody Valentine or ecclectic party monsters Primal Scream. Yet the songs are so good you don't care that they're no Radioheads (thank heavens), betraying how the bands three vocalists and songwriters, Norman Blake, Gerard Love and Raymond McGinley, superb craft in creating perfect power pop from the work of their musical heroes.
4766 Seconds is not arranged chronologically, mixing tracks that date from their debut, A Catholic Education, up to their year 2000 major label release, Howdy!
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