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Teenage Fanclub/Jad Fair : Near To You

An inspired collaboration between Scotland's premiere hookmeisters and America's most idiosyncratic - and enduring - underground talent...

Teenage Fanclub/Jad Fair  :  Near To You

An inspired collaboration between Scotland's premiere hookmeisters and America's most idiosyncratic - and enduring - underground talent. Apparently, Jad's been hanging out in Glasgow quite a bit recently with his old buddies, crashing at Norman Blake's house and exhibiting his weird primitivist art in a local dental practice.

Out of the inevitable veteran-musician-comaraderie jam sessions came these tracks (and a forthcoming album), notable not only for their playful spontaneity but for the unlikely ease with which the Teenage Fanclub' classicism blends with Jad's eccentricity. Katrina Mitchell from The Pastels pounds the skins and adds sweet harmonies to 'Near To You', while super-cute b-side 'Always In My Heart' plays like an uncommonly relaxed Lou Reed.

April Long

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