Teenage Fanclub – A Catholic Education (1990) Flac
Hard to believe now, but Teenage Fanclub
first attracted critical attention for a record far removed from the
sparkling power pop on which their fame largely rests -- with its
gloriously sloppy and sludgy sound, their debut album A Catholic Education instead prefigures the emergence of grunge, its viscous melodies and squalling guitars owing far more to Neil Young than Big Star.
With not one but two songs dubbed "Heavy Metal," it's pretty obvious where A Catholic Education
is coming from; the title track (also here in duplicate) is a
surprisingly snarky attack on the church (at least for a band not
exactly renowned for its political agenda), while the great "Everybody's
Fool" is a merciless scenester put-down without any of the gentle
sarcasm that characterizes similarly themed efforts like Bandwagonesque's
"Metal Baby." Regardless, for all its glaring differences in attitude
and approach, there's no mistaking the effortless melodicism that
remains the hallmark of all Teenage Fanclub
records -- in particular, the opening "Everything Flows," for all its
meandering abrasiveness, is still as good as anything the band ever
recorded, and that's saying something.
Teenage Fanclub in 1990. It's a long time ago and to me that year was no good year, personally...but time goes by and everything can change...everyday, right?! Puuuh... enjoy that record!