24 September 2023
Norman Blake (vocals/guitar/co-songwriter) about the LP: “The songs are definitely personal. You’re getting older, you’re going into the cupboard getting the black suit out more often. Thoughts of mortality and the idea of the light must have been playing on our minds a lot. These new songs are reflective of how I’m feeling now, coming out of that period. They’re fairly optimistic, there’s an acceptance of a situation and all of the experience that comes with that acceptance. When we write, it’s a reflection of our lives, which are pretty ordinary. We’re not extraordinary people, and normal people get older. There’s a lot to write about in the mundane. I love reading Raymond Carver. Very often there’s not a lot that happens in those stories, but they speak to lived experience.”
MOJO (British music monthly) says: “Free for over three decades now from the typical creative trials and headaches of bands who try to reinvent their sound with each new album, Teenage Fanclub have shrewdly stuck with tweaking their winning formula: strummy guitar-led songs, high in melodic content, charting their emotional weather. The years have proven that the deceptive simplicity of their music only increases its potency, working hand-in-hand with their long commitment to the healing powers of brotherhood and melody.” Score: 4/5.
TUTV: Another collection of lazy tunes for lazy moments. If you’re not a fanatical
TF fan (like me) it’s hard to know if these new easygoing songs are old or new ones. Teenage Fanclub musings sound very alike, but before you realize it, you’re whistling
or humming along. And that says a lot about these Scottish veterans.
SINGLES/CLIPS: Back To The Light / Tired of Being Alone / Foreign Land
– Back To The Light –
– Tired Of Being Alone –
– Foreign Land –