Rating: 8 sand toddlers out of 10
I've been thinking for a few months on what to say about this latest Teenage Fanclub record, "Here." I'm not sure I have a lot more to go with other than "sounds a lot like Teenage Fanclub" and "really damn good." For my money, this is the best pop band in the world, and nothing about "Here" changes my mind about that. If you enjoyed their last couple of records on Merge, "Man-Made" and "Shadows," then this is a must buy. In fact, this is the best of these three records that I think of as their "mature pop" years. "I'm In Love" and "Thin Air" is up there with one of the best one-two punches to start any of their records. Maybe a few more mellow tracks than this band usually features, but even those are terrific. If you've never listened to this band, go get "Bandwagonesque" or "Songs from Northern Britain" first - otherwise, a worthy buy to be sure.