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Five long years since their last album "Man-Made" was released to universal acclaim, Teenage Fanclub release "Shadows" to keen anticipation. Pitchfork calls Scotland's Teenage Fanclub "the standard-bearers of modern power pop." Continued, "no one comes close to their mastery of the genre." While most bands are lucky to have one great songwriter, Teenage Fanclub are blessed with three, hence Shadows is overflowing with the kind of gorgeous, harmony-driven classics you'd expect to find on a greatest hits album. Teenage Fanclub plan to tour the US in September 2010.
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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B003HE2BLW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Atkinson on June 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Hard to believe its been 5 years since their last foray into music making, but isnt it nice to have them back.

I went to see them on the opening night of their tour in Manchester and at that time hadnt heard any of the new stuff save for Baby Lee (which tho predictable, is pleasant still brings a smile to your face).. I was struck by how good the new stuff sounded, which boded well for the album.

On first listen i thought it was ok, it didnt have the immediacy of Grand Prix or Songs from Northern Britain,However, repeated plays brought out more nuances with the music and in my opinion some of the songs are up there with the best of TFC.

Ive a lot reviews on various sites and it seems to me that Raymond Mcginleys songs seem to attract a lot of criticism but to me they are the best songs on the album....especially The Fall, The Past and the lovely closing song Today Never Ends (which were played at the concert). Its a bit churlish to single out tracks though as all of them have charm and warmth (a rare commodity these days) but other strong tracks are Shock and Awe, Sometimes I dont need anything to believe in, Into the City.....though others not mentioned are all good

The playing and singing is immaculate, with great and subtle use of keyboards,banjo and pedal steel guitar. Listen to it on headphones and it sounds even better

Those expecting another Grand Prix or Bandwagonesque may be disappointed, but please, stick with it, Its not a sin to listen to beautifully crafted songs that don't rock. Everyone should have some Teenage Fanclub in their lives and Shadows is as good as anything theyve done.

Welcome back !!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reggie Martinez on June 15, 2010
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As someone who came late to the game on TFC, I can understand some fans' reluctance to immediately embrace Shadows. On first listen, there seems to be very little to distinguish it from a multitude of other 60s-styled pop bands armed with glistening production. There are also those fans who expect to hear the band crank out another Bandwagonesque or Grand Prix, considering it's been five long years since Man-Made was released. Some fan's thoughts when first listening to Shadows: "These songs are weak," "Why are TFC doing lullabies?" or "These tracks just can't compare to the old stuff."

Now that I've had another 10 or 11 listens to this album, each one forcing me to go back and reassess the previous, I can happily report that Shadows is nothing more than yet another excellent, addicting addition to their discography.

Shadows' songs can indeed sound rather pedestrian on first spin, but that is only a result of their subtlety; the guys in TFC were never about wowing you with empty, overly flashy musicianship or songwriting, even when they were young lads on SNL. They had their identity clearly forged from the beginning.

If there is a comparison to make with any past TFC album, it is Howdy! An album clearly indebted to 60s American and British pop, yet staked on the band's own hard-to-define 21st century pop-rock style.

So, songs like Gerard's "Sometimes I Don't Need..." and "Shock and Awe" and Norman's "Baby Lee," "The Back of My Mind," and "Dark Clouds" can seem underwhelming at first. Then, after another play or five, you soon find yourself desperately shuffling through your iPod to find each song to hear that new melody that surprisingly began to entrench itself in your brain.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adrian M Lewis on September 4, 2010
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After Teenage Fanclub's brief moment in the spotlight in the early 90's - touring with Nirvana, winning Spin's Album of the Year 1991, etc., they swiftly receded from mainstream attention, but, thankfully, didn't totally disappear. Instead, they maintained a smaller but dedicated audience, producing music of steadily increasing brilliance that has provided this fan with countless hours of joy.

The band is blessed with three fine singer/songwriters - Norman (guitars), Gerard (bass) and Raymond (lead guitar). Some complain that their style hasn't changed over the years. Even if this were true, that would be just fine - the three guys each produce sparkling gems of songs that I usually describe as the best of the melodic 60's (Beatles, Beach Boys, Byrds) mixed with the power and crunch that was a requirement of bands starting out in the early 90's. However, their style HAS very obviously changed. Mellowed, definitely - less crunch these days - the sound is cleaner, brighter, more finely polished. As the band has matured, they've grown enormously in confidence and quality, and the quality was pretty damn good from the start.

So, 20 years on, they've produced a stunner. To these ears, their best album to date, and that is no mean feat. If you're new to this band, start here and work your way backwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Carter on April 12, 2011
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I don't like every song on here, but I must say (after most of a bottle of Cab) that when Teenage Fanclub hit their stride, especially on tracks like "Shock And Awe" (pure f'in melodic power pop majesty) and "When I Still Have Thee", it's magical. They know how to deliver a song and remove their egos from the process - they understand that the best pop songs are simple, and that overplaying would kill the beautiful buzz that comes from experiencing pure pop Utopia, which is what these guys (and very few others in this day & age) deliver. One collective sound. Melody/harmony up yer azz! The world needs beautiful, simple songs w/melody, and thank God we have bands like this one who lift our collective spirits in these dark, uncertain times. They do a better job of it than the f%@&+ng politicians, that's for sure. Thanks lads - this is a stellar release (in more ways than one).

P.S. - As long as I live, "Shock And Awe" will always live in my mind as THE soundtrack for summer 2010. Just heavenly & wonderous - one of the greatest songs ever made.
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