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
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
- 3 Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: In defence of Mesut Ozil - the Arsenal midfielder works magic in the shadows
- 4 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 5 Tony Abbott embarrasses Australia by praising Japanese WWII military, ‘getting on the sake’ and posing for ‘crotch-shot’ photo opportunity
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
Vanessa Feltz criticises 'vile' reaction to Rolf Harris allegations