Album: Dodgy, Stand Upright in a Cool Place (Strike Back)
Sixteen years on from their last album, the second of this week's comebacks finds former Britpoppers Dodgy reborn in the form of Teenage Fanclub, plying winsome folk-rock harmonies of an American flavour, imbued with a gentle melancholy and the warmth of hard-won experience.
Ageing seems to suit the trio: "Shadows" and "Did It Have to Be This Way?" sketch the regret and solace of separation with the kind of lived-in honesty their younger selves might have blustered through less convincingly, while the transatlantic references – the Tim Hardin quote in "Back of You", the lap steel streaking "We Try" – have a beguiling, unforced grace.
Honed to perfection by Midlake's mixer Matt Pence, the album fits in alongside the revitalised Laurel Canyon sound.
Download this: Tripped and Fell; What Became of You; Shadows; Only a Heartbeat
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