The hooks are plentiful and the energy’s palpable, but the Bottlemen still don’t have a ‘Wonderwall’
Teenage Fanclub & Jad Fair : Words Of Wisdom And Hope
Unessential collaboration. With nice bits...
sunnier climes and those potentially perfect indie-interfaces: the Coral
and Reef; the Bees and the Hives.
Suffice to say, the collaborative appeal of Teenage Fanclub and Jad Fair
is not amongst them. Jad, of course, is the head-honcho of soppy
indie-stalwarts Half Japanese. More worrying is the fact that Jad is
notorious for being unable to carry a tune even if you handed it
to him in a samsonite briefcase and handcuffed it to his arm.
Not that 'Words...' doesn't posess a certain appeal. With
amiable janglers the Fanclub providing a predictibly pleasant backdrop,
Jad's syrupy ruminations on life -think Lou Reed on prozac- take
on a certain primitive charm.
"It's a throwback to the Fanclub's experimental days of 'A Catholic Education'"
pleads the PR by way of explaining the total absence of hummability. And so it is.
On her third album, the former Nickelodeon star sheds the cute popstar image, adopting a message of empowerment that rings true
A smarter and more mature film than the first Bad Neighbours, albeit one that still loves a good dick joke
A satisfying return to Verve form that’s also a churning maelstrom of death, riots, revolution, terrorism and two-faced politicians
Oscar Scheller’s been compared to Blur and Elastica, and that sounds about right