Shadows (180 Gram Vinyl)
Released on August 5, 2014
Vinyl includes MP3 download card
Teenage Fanclub’s Shadows is August installment in the
Merge Records 25th anniversary reissue series.
Originally released in 2010, Shadows picks up on the
introspective, world-weary quality of Man-Made but also
delivers a bit of the classic bright pop the band is known
for. Where Man-Made found the band struggling with
feeling like life was an illusion on the dogged “It’s All in My
Mind,” here you get Love’s breezy baroque pop statement
of purpose “Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in
Anything,” with its chorus of layered synth, strings, flutes,
and sundry wind instruments.
Similarly, Blake’s leadoff single “Baby Lee” is a romantic
‘60s-styled folk-rocker that veritably shimmers with
positive vibes. Elsewhere, Love’s “Into the City” is a
sunshine pop/country-rock love letter to urban days in the
sun and McGinley’s “Today Never Ends” is slow-burn
psychedelic country-rock rumination on the past, the
present, and a perfect day that never ends. If the day is as
sun-drenched and relaxed as the songs on Shadows implies,
then may it and Teenage Fanclub go on and on.