September 17, 2015

Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque (1991)

Teenage Fanclub got a lot bigger when their third album surprisingly took the number one spot away from Nevermind on Spin's "top albums of the year" list for 1991. No, Bandwagonesque didn't infect the world like Nevermind and no, I'm not going to compare the two, because that's fucking stupid, but if there's any album besides Nevermind that would appeal to teenagers in 1991, it would be this. Bandwagonesque captures the melancholy teenage slacker aesthetic of the early 90s and digests it in slow, sweet power pop. Teenage Fanclub carries many of the same themes and tactics previously home to 70s and 80s power pop giants like Cheap Trick and Big Star effortlessly into 90s culture. The guitar work is lush and comfortable with a perfect level of distortion for the vein of music they're playing and the singing and songwriting is what it needs to be, simple and effective; the opening lines really set the lyrical mood for the whole album. Bandwagonesque hints at the new avenues that alternative rock would hit in the 90s and kind of brings the semi-underground scenes of the U.S. and U.K. together. Very memorable music that I've kept coming back to for years.