heard on the wire

Something for Mama

Much was made in 2016 of the tenth studio LP by Teenage Fanclub and while Here is doubtless a fine record, I struggled to work up the same enthusiasm as reviewers who appear to have been unequivocal in their universal acclaim.

And that’s slightly odd. Because I really like The Great Leap Backward, the second LP from fellow Scots, Bubblegum Lemonade. And if ever a band sounded like Teenage Fanclub, then it’s Bubblegum Lemonade.

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Even if nobody else sings along


I ought to pay more attention. I downloaded the debut LP from Minor Alps in November and while the joys of its rich mix of pop, americana and electro have been evident from the start, I’ve only just discovered that the record has some provenance.

Currently residing in a box in a Surrey storage unit are a couple of Juliana Hatfield LPs from the mid-90s. And 20 years later it is the same Hatfield whose beautiful voice graces the Minor Alps record.

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