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Review: Teenage Fanclub, Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds

Fifteen years or so after their heyday Teenage Fanclub released a new album, Shadows, this week.  I love this band and was surprised to find I’d never reviewed any of their albums even though I’ve referred to them in many other reviews.  Time to correct that oversight with a review of Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds a collection of 18 tracks  gathered from six of their first seven albums (The King is not represented) plus three new songs.

Teenage Fanclub came out of the fertile music scene in Glasgow Scotland in the ’80s along with other luminaries like The Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream (check out Tuned In To Music podcast #3 “What’s Up with Scotland?” for more on the extraordinary range of good music that has come out of Scotland over the years).  At first blush few people would think of the Fannies having anything in common with Jesus and Mary Chain but when you listen to “The Concept” which opens Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds you can hear echoes of the discord and distortion The Mary Chain are famous for and if you go back to The Mary Chain’s epic Psychocandy and listen to what’s going on under all the noise you can hear the kind of carefully crafted songs that characterized the Fannies best work.

Teenage Fanclub’s signature sound involves thick, rich harmony vocals, jangly guitars and first-rate songcraft.  In the realms of power-pop or guitar-pop they’re a reference band that almost everyone who has made this kind of music since the mid-nineties is compared to and Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds shows why.  Their vocals are gorgeous, their guitars ring and chime, and many of their songs have the kind of hooks that stick with you and never wear out their welcome.  I think I could listen to “Neil Jung” once a day for the rest of my life and not tire of it.

Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds is the album that introduced me to Teenage Fanclub and it’s one of the very few band compilations that led me purchase almost every album the band made.  If you like the kind of power pop and guitar pop performed by the Byrds, Big Star, Cosmic Rough Riders, or The Thorns and are unfamiliar with Teenage Fanclub, you’re in for a real treat.  They’re a great band and Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds does a good job of introducing their music.  Beware, however, that if you like this, you may  do what I did and go out and buy the albums these tracks were taken from as well.  If you do, you won’t be disappointed.

Couldn’t decide so here’s two tracks from Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds

“The Concept”

“Neil Jung”

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06/11/2010 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | , ,

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  1. […] Teenage Fanclub, Shadows As noted in my recent review of  their career retrospective Four Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty-Six Seconds, Teenage Fanclub has been a reference band for power pop or guitar pop groups since their heyday in […]

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