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Old Man Made
on 4 May 2005
It's been five years since "Howdy!", and TFC have drifted into even softer territory in their advancing years. The band are ageing gracefully, and "Man-Made" reflects a greyness at the temples and a creeping of crows feet around the eyes. I imagine they sat down a lot while recording this album.
Gentle, almost folky songs, a lifetime away from their meatier teenage years.
I've grown old with Teenage Fanclub too, and this album makes me long for the youthful vigour I had when "A Catholic Education" and "Bandwagonesque" were in my tape player.
Don't get me wrong, this is in no way a "bad" album, but it just makes me feel terribly old!
Norman, like the devil, still writes the best tunes.