112 - Howdy by Teenage Fanclub 2000
Teenage Fanclub known for massed guitars married to west coast harmonies and a healthy fixation with Big Star. I'd bought Bandwagonesque and played it a lot and then didn't play it at all and didn't buy anything else
For some reason I did buy their sixth lp Howdy maybe because of the lead off single
More Byrds than Big Star it was simply the sound of summer. The whole lp consists of potential singles all pretty much following the same template but benefiting from the high quality threshold that having 3 songwriters must bring.
It is as if the band have mellowed with age , and some sparklingly clear guitar sounds weave in and out of the harmonies.
I've posted one of Norman Blake's contributions the simply gorgeous final track of the lp
If I Never See You Again - Teenage Fanclub
You can buy Howdy here
on a completely separate note you wait ages for one scottish 80s pop band to release something new and then 2 come along. Following Deacon Blue's new lp . Love and Money have just released Devil's Debt. It takes the best elements of their best lps with a slightly earthier sound .. its great and you can buy it here