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Bandwagonesque

Teenage Fanclub

1991

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Bandwagonesque

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3.18

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Pretty good, got some oasis vibes in the middle tracks then realised this came out in 1991, before oasis. No i’m wondering okay, so who do oasis sound like then? Some hits and some not so hits but overall quite enjoyed this one, 7/10. Favourites: Metal Baby Is This Music?

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The name sounds familiar, but I don't know this band. They're Scottish, so I imagine the British list author put this on very begrudgingly. The album started slow, but by "I Don't Know" things picked up a bit. This is pretty good alternative rock, but it's very tame. The vocals are subdued, the instrumentals aren't too creative. At least it's got a consistent sound. It's funny to me that the last song is called "Is This Music" because that's probably the best on the album. Yes, guys, THAT is music. Give us more of that. Favorite tracks: Is This Music, Star Sign, I Don't Know. Album art: Extremely simple, but I love this one. We love a sack of money with a dollar sign on it, don't we folks? Wikipedia has a blurb about Gene Simmons trademarking the moneybag symbol, that's insane. I linked his logo below, It's awful. Why did he make it lumpy? Dollar bills are not lumpy. You should be ashamed of yourself, Gene. 3.5/5 https://celebrityclothingline.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/money-bag-gene-simmons-logo.jpg

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5

Creation Records at their absolute peak! They released this one, Loveless AND Screamadelica all within 2 months! Good job, Alan!

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5

Bloody loved it. Perfect blend of early 90's British indie, American alt rock and the 60's. Immediately added to my favourite albums playlist.

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5

This is another one of my all time favorite albums so I'm pretty sure I won't be able to review it objectively. Or maybe it's just one of the greatest albums ever. Noisy, jangly, perfect power pop from Scotland. Fun fact: Spin magazine picked this as album of the year in 1991 over Nirvana's Nevermind. Usually when this fact gets brought up it's to show how short-sighted Spin magazine was but maybe they were just brilliant. Don't get me wrong, I love Nevermind too but I listen to Bandwagonesque way more often.

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Dunno anything about these guys! The Concept - A nice, mellow song. Sad lyrics. Kind of rides the line between early pop punk, emo, and grunge Satan - Accurate! A mental breakdown December - Another kind of emo love song. What You Do To Me - Beach Boys with more fuzz. I Don't Know - This is kind of an easy listening track. All of these songs have nice melodies. Star Sign - Another touchpoint for me is Rooney. These guys sound like Rooney. Metal Baby - Pure Beatles on this one. Same melody, harmonies. This could be a Beatles song. Pet Rock - Kind of a jam session continuation of the above. Sidewinder - Back to Beach Boys again. This album started out being a downer, but the entire back half is peppy pop songs with the effects pedal turned up. Alcoholiday - Great title. Do I detect some melancholy returning? Guiding Star - Back in full melancholy, even though the melodies are still lilting. The fuzz just keeps increasing! Is This Music? - Good question. I'd say so! Favorite melody on the album, even though it gets a bit close to the U2 department. Overall, this is a fine album. I'm not sure if it belongs on the list of 1000 greatest ever, but I didn't hate it. Pet Rock

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June 7th, 2021 1.THE CONCEPT- Solid first track in two parts. Definitely a rock "anthem". 2.SATAN- Experimental. Self explanatory. 3.DECEMBER- Not too bad. The violins make the song. 4.WHAT YOU DO TO ME -My favorite track so far. Great harmonies. 5.I DON'T KNOW- All-around good rock song. 6.STAR SIGN- 🔼"ditto" 8.METAL BABY- If the Beatles, circa 1963, made a song about an edgy metal chick, this would be it. Definitely a favorite. 9.PET ROCK- Good guitar solo. 10.SIDEWINDER- Another slightly more contemporary take on Beatles harmonies. 11.ALCOHOLIDAY- This is what happiness sounds like. 12.GUIDING STAR- Nice mellowed out tune. 13.IS THIS MUSIC- A refreshing change of pace from the rest of the album encompasses this final track. >In Review: It's impossible to truly dislike this album. Even though it's overall pretty straightforward (nothing too crazy) it's well-produced and there's great harmonies, guitar solos and good vibes throughout. It's timeless pop rock for the whole family (well, except for "Satan" of course). With all that being said, "The Concept" is this album's very own rock anthem and "Metal Baby" is an awesome track that brings the Please Please Me-era Beatles to mind. Also, the final track "Is This Music?" is a refreshing stylistic change of pace (another stylistic deviation on this album would be terrific). Overall, I'd give it a 7 out of 10 if possible.

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very teen very band

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A fine album under any other circumstances but when your album cover is something I could have created in Microsoft Paint and your music can barely rise above the hum of background music, I, again, question why it is on this list. Clearly this group of people liked the idea of 1001 albums more than actually trying to find 1001 albums. Seems more like they found about five hundred and then said "right, just toss a bunch a randoms in here"

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CREATION RECORDS.

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Loved the 90s vibe.

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5

Heaps good - classic alt movie vibes

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Esse sim é meu estilo! Rockzin indie pra ficar de boa *-*

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Chido, sí me gustaron varias de este rock sabor haggis (porque escoceses XD). La vibrita de garage rock (but not really) de la primera canción le da un toque especiado que después se vuelve más bien melancólico, un poco desabrido, y luego vuelve a la locura con Satan y así ondula entre bandida genérica X y por partes cae pesado. Variedad de moods. Creo que las que más me gustaron fueron Star Sign, canción genérica de rock divertidilla con un bajo muy pegajoso, y Pet Rock que tiene guitarras entretenidas. Letras cagadas que siento que sí dan algo de cringe, pienso también que si estuviera en una banda escribiría pendejadas así, lol, re cursis o simplonas o ya sin sentido de plano. En fin, divertido. Mood: Rocksito bien hecho, pero tomado a la ligera y I can respect that.

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No lo había escuchado nunca y eso que me leí una revista biográfica de esas españolas que todavía vendían en los oxxos de chihuahua por ahí del año 2009. Discazo.

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5

Classic rock break down at the end of the concept is both hilarious and perfect and December and What You Do To Me both continue to satisfy.

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5

Great blend of Brit pop and punk with The Beach Boys influence coming through. Overall, a warm album from a band who knows how to effectively switch up a song

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5

first track is good

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5

Completely blown away by this album. Unfortunately, my review is not very original and reflects the others that I have read: Didn't know much about the band so this album was a pleasant surprise. Still incredible to think that this was released in 1991. Even the mixing is a joy to listen to. I've listened to it no fewer than 4 times since it showed up yesterday. I then jumped on ebay and purchased it on CD. A real gem!

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5

Just some good 90s rock. The guitars were front and centre and it clicked. Liked this a lot, new one for me never heard of these guys before today. Added most of the album to playlist.

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5

A beautiful album which still stands up and can lift the spirits in minutes

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5

Fun and energy

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They could have been massive

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5

metal baby star sign alchoholiday guiding star satan i don't know what you do to me

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5

one of the best

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5

Fantastic!

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5

Parece precursor do brit-pop

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5

Great band and great album. What a year 1991 was for music. This is one of the many great albums that came out that year, and over 30 years later it still sounds great. Great 90’s indie rock mixed with some 60’s. Given I’m Scottish this is maybe a biased voted but I believe this to be a solid 5 star album.

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I LOVE Teenage Fanclub. That is all I can say. From the minute I put this on, to the minute it is over, it is such a genuine pleasure.

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5

Love this. I really should’ve listened to it when I first heard of it years ago.

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Always love a bit of creation

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i like this, sounds like a foreign rusty machines. album also has a good spotify radio.

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3,5/5

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Very very fresh, fuzzy pop. The runtime is broken up by instrumentals which feel good. For that matter, the entire project feels pretty great. I think it succeeds on about as many levels as one could expect it to.

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NIce

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3.5/4

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Skulle kunna fått en femma men albumet var lite för enformigt

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4

Really enjoyable album. So much variety that ultimately results in a highly satisfying listen.

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4

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A lot of these alt/indie 90s rock bands are starting to sound the same to me. But it's still nice.

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Curtindo bastante, guitarras com noise e vocais melódicos, com harmonias

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Had never heard of this album or band before and was pleasantly surprised. Was great

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The outro to Satan is sick and I liked Sidewinder as well. Is This Music? is a great closing track too

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4

I liked it...kind of grungy

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The very first notes were pretty jarring. So far I like the songs themselves, but I’m not a huge fan of the electric guitar heaviness. I like the vocals and the melodies, but the electric guitar makes my ears want to bleed.

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4

Big Star, but not. Excellent musicianship, good tunes, and immediately catchy at first listen. Power pop at its best.

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Fun, early 90's blend of guitar-infused rock with pop vocals.

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Above average 90s rock.

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Pretty cool. Very Weezer like

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Un álbum medianito, a gusto, hasta tranquilo a pesar de tanto riff. De pronto tiene reminiscencias de Sonic Youth, yo diría en mi poco entendimiento. Se me hizo curioso que la apertura sea la canción más larga y la que más cambios internos tiene y que el cierre sea un cuestionamiento instrumental ("Is This Music?"). Canciones fav: "Star Sign" y "Alcoholiday". Le doy 7.5/10.

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Pretty fun! 8

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Very interesting, much better than what I was expecting

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This fucking rips! I’ve never heard of this band.

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7. Maybe an 8, didn't listen that intently, might come back to it at some point to see

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ok, not sure how it is on the list, but nice indie rock

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Pretty forgettable but good, nice for doing homework. 7

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don't really get the hype for this one. sounds good but it’s pretty generic and the lyrics seem so cliched. 7

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Fijn album! Lekker 90's gitaargeluid.

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4

Enjoyed this much much more than I have previously.

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4

Hele toffe plaat. Kende deze nog niet zo heel goed, maar heb 'm zelfs 2 keer gedraaid.

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Ken ik alleen van naam, beviel goed!

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4

Not heard of the album, or the band. Not quite sure how. Good album. Very 90's indie. Guitars, jangly. Decent.

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I enjoyed that, a good album. 4*

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Really liked it, shoegaze britpoppy vibes

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Interesting album. It starts off w/ what seems like an ode to Free Bird and then explores the alternate 90’s alternative timeline. Spin picked this as album of the year over Nevermind, and I see where they were coming from. This is a world where My Bloody Valentine was Pearl Jam. It’s an interesting thought. Overall, I like this album, I will listen to it again. I think it’s worth exploring. I’m rounding up and giving it a 4

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Cool.

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War schon eine kleine Überraschung!

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Feels like the perfect teenage alt rock album. Really enjoyed every song on here! 4/5

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Good ol' 90's rock! These Scots knew what they were doing when they made this Alternative Rock album, and it was very enjoyable to listen to.

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as predicted, very alt rock-y. fitted my taste in music, kind of reminds me of the replacements

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I was pleasantly surprised by this one, thought I wasn't going to like it but ended up really getting into it. 8, saved and will probably come back to this

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4

Really good album. Not better than Nevermind. But still good

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Very very surprised at this album, I really enjoyed it, kinda my genre though

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4

Very cool nostalgic sound. Reminds me a little of the Foo Fighters (at least their mellower songs). Gives me some angst by association, but in the best way.

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Pretty impressed with this first album. Had a very fresh sound given it came out in the early 90's. Seems to meld several genre's together in a nice melodic way.

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-alt rock - 8/10 -dc nu l-am ascultat mai devreme

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4

Was not expecting a band I had never heard of on the list. The album was great though. Especially "What You Do To Me". How have I not heard that song before, it's great!!!

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Pavement-y. Very listenable.

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First time I've heard this band, and I really like them.

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4

Solid Rock album. Is it better than Nevermind? Ehhh probably not but still very enjoyable and well done

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Pretty great power pop album of the 90s revival like The Posies or Jellyfish who would later inspire pop-punk. Coherent with decent tracks with clear inspirations from Big Star, Beach Boys, and Beatles, but with a spin of 90s alt-rock trends like shoegaze. Tracks are pretty solid: sufficiently catchy with enough melodic variation to keep interest. My favorite is the opener "The Concept," especially with the shift half way in. Main complaint is that songs are often longer than need be. They shouldn't be longer than say 3.5 minutes... except for that opener due to the half way shift. Biggest example is "Alcoholiday." Favorite Tracks: The Concept, What You Do To Me, Star Sign, Metal Baby, Sidewinder

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Loved this. Melodic and kinda lo-fi.

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🎸🥃🏔🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💰

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4

A good album that I had never even come close to hearing of before!

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Fun album. Well done 90s alt rock

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The Concept and Alchololiday are fantastic. There's a bit of a middlin' dive in the middle, but both beginning and end are strong. Very enjoyable.

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4

Yeah, I really liked it. Mostly upbeat, melodic. none of the songs were megahits, but it was a very even album.

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I do enjoy this album, a few songs I enjoy less than the others, but one of my faves

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4

First time listening and I was not disappointed! Enjoyed their sound!

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4

Lovely album and band but suffers by following the White Album, What You Do To Me was the first track of theirs I really loved

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4

this is kinda coooll. never ever heard of them but i like this vibe and genre 4.5

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4

Teenage Fanclub are a terrific band and Bandwagonesque is a great album. Their songs stood out from the Brit Pop scene - indeed, they don’t really belong to that genre. Here are finely crafted, folk influenced songs with intricate sung melodies and lead guitar duties shared between the band, with lovely guitar solos. The model was refined further on their next album, Grand Prix, which of their masterpiece - five stars are reserved for that album so four stars for this.

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4

yooo this one was gooood

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4

Is This Music? is a great way to end an album.

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4

Had a shaky start imo, but picked up after that

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4

A perfectly solid 90s indie rock album. Enjoyed the production. Fav: the concept

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4

Incredible early 90s alt rock/shoegaze. Will absolutely listen to more, love hearing the inspiration for later alt/indie/emo bands

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4

Great post-punk sound, If Cobain namechecks you, it's good enough for me.

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4

Familiar yet unique, good 90s rock album

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4

I liked the last track the most. Overall, the sound is good but not interesting enough for me to really pay attention. It's more background music. But, Ben Gibbard's cover album takes it to that next level for me. It's more what my ears want to hear.

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4

December and Star Sign are very nice tracks. The album indeed takes into teenage memories :)

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4

4/5. Kinda bumps. Ben Gibbard’s favorite; no surprises there

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4

Great tunes

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4

Very solid album. Definitely ahead of it's time with the lofi and absolutely love the play with the guitar. However, some of the songs do kinda sound formulaic, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the album. Something to drive around in on your morning drive.

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4

03/05/2022 Had some fun with this one! Power-pop/rock with LOTS of similarities (to me, at least) to Weezer, with a bit more grunge. Glad to have found this!

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4

Pleasantly surprised. This is a very good alternative rock album. 3.5/5

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4

Most music is influenced by what went before, and the influence on Oasis is well documentated and obvious. A good album in it's own right though

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Iako nisan nikad slušala ovaj album (ni bend) ima mi nekako throwback vibe haha pozitiva!

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4

Sounds like Eels shagged Oasis

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4

man ayy bruuuuh (remix) detta ägde!

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4

Balanced, well rounded power pop. A seamless blend of alternative sound and mainstream appeal

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4

Mega————bangerszzzz

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4

Amazing

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4

Pretty solid, these songs mutate as they go which keeps things dynamic and interesting

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4

On previous list. Awesome.

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4

Decent, melodic, power pop. ‘Bandwagoneque’ is sloppy and loose (partly deliberately, partly not) but that adds to its overall charm. It’s also got that distinct early 90’s rock sound that I associate with my childhood and find nostalgic. Not ground-breaking, but a cut above a lot of indie-rock records, both from its era and long after it.

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4

Listened to this album a few times in the Q because Ben Gibbard said he really liked it. I really like it too

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4

Great

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early 90s alt-rock that doesn't really go anywhere, just kinda stares at its own shoes... but not in an annoying way like my bloody valentine. sounds a lot like oasis, but obvs predates them. i'd never heard it before but will probably add it to the "listen every now and then" list along with stuff like soul asylum and the gin blossoms, but not the whole album. dragged on a bit towards the end, the last 4-5 songs seemed to go for about half an hour on their own. 3/5.

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3.5/5. Mostly enjoyable, kinda catchy, noisy pop. Standout Tracks: The Concept, Metal Baby, Alcoholiday

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3

It's alright. Kind of zoned me out for a while in the middle. Could imagine hanging in a Seattle coffee shop or record shop while this record played over the speakers. Favorite track: "The Concept", "Is This Music?"

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3

Good power pop but not my fav of theirs.

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Forgettable indie/experimental sounding rock. It’s fine

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3

Meh

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hm

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3

Nothing to write home about

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6

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This is fine for background noise, but it's not something I would seek out, really. It gives me Beatles vibes, but a bit heavier.

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3

Enjoyed the listen.

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3

Good classic rock feels

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Starting to worry about the annoyance to discovery factor on this list. Honestly found this bizarre- mixing workmanlike if slightly plodding ballads with some of the sloppier guitar soloing I've heard, plus some feedback-noise cacophany elements without Hendrix level virtuosity to hold them together. Not a lot of meat on the bone.

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3

A good album, no song stood out as great but then again none were bad either

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I think the album started off really well for me but somewhat fell off a little bit toward the end. But the guitar in basically every song was absolutely incredible. I liked the occasional instrumental being thrown in. But I don’t know if I’ll ever listen to any of the songs from the album again, making it a 3.

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enjoyed this, the final song was really good but could of gone for way longer

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3

Not an album to listen to before you die

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3

Pretty Good. A little generic at some points but i really enjoyed it as it went on

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3

Nice summer time feel. Kinda reminds me of Weezer.

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Reminds me of Weezer, but like a very good version with really talented musicians.

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3

Meh.

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3

Enjoyable and melodic, but not something I'd return to every day.

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Would give a 3.5 if i could. Really enjoyed the first half, but the second half didn’t stand out much to me. The guitar was really amazing throughout and overall I enjoyed the feel the whole time.

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4

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ready

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Me ha sorprendido, no lo conocía y me ha gustado

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3

Un poco flojo

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Un poco ruidoso, le sobra calle

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3

Well... The tunes themselves are pretty good but the vocals and lyrics are just awful. Shame

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3

David Batty

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3

Jeugdsentiment. Tijdloos wat mij betreft.

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3

Not bad

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3

A couple of standouts and I’m not against it but need to be in the mood for this type. Can hear it’s influence in a lot of stuff though.

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3

Hmmm, errrr, yeah, some good bits?

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It"s fine, if not unremarkable. I'd use some of the songs in a coming of age indie movie set in Wisconsin.

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Vroeger vond ik het helemaal niets, nu kon ik het wel waarderen. Ik word oud denk ik..

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Well, Nigel Spackman knows a thing or two about teenage fan clubs, let me tell you. As a footballing superstar and high street heart throb, I often had to deal with groups of young...boys screaming in my presence. At first it's exciting and you love the attention, but soon it begins to chip away at your soul. The smile once so bright, becomes dimmer and you start to hate the little fuckers. "Nigel! Nigel! Give us a wave. Can we have an autograph? What are you having for supper? Can we get in the bath with you again?". Tiring. I didn't hit that boy though, no matter what you've read. He deserved it, but I didn't hit him. I should have hit him.

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Curiosamente nunca había escuchado ninguna canción de este álbum ni de esta banda, fue totalmente un descubrimiento. Tienen un estilo más alternativo y creo que escuché gaitas, me gusta el rock con instrumentos de viento. Confirmo lo de gaita, son una banda escocesa xD

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who knew this is what jeffrey epstein would make his music sound like. nowhere near as noncey as the bandname suggests. maybe if you play it backwards on a turntable it gives you an invitation to his noncing island.

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"I didn't want to hurt you"

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Por lo general escucho estos discos como música de fondo (por eso mis reseñas son malitas, sori), y cuando algo me llama la atención entonces sí indago y ya le echo más ganitas a la evaluación. Este no es ese caso. A lo mucho me quedo con “Is this music?” pero en general me pareció meh

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Neuentdeckung und gut zu hören!

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3

Bueh

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3

A decent grunge album

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3,5

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Općenito ovaj power-pop album, note, ritam se čuo u dosta albuma koje sam slušao, trenutno ne pada na pamet koji. (Moguće lako poneki album od Guided By Voices, Sebadoh, Ride?, Weezer...). Prepoznatljivo je. Jedan dobar album koji je proglašen najboljim u časopisu Spin 1991 godine.

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6

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Started strong but felt like it lost momentum

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I liked this more than some others - some of the transitions felt a little off though (e.g. 'Satan' to 'December'). Wish I could give this 3.5 - it's not quite a 4.

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Another one I had to listen to on shuffle, so that may make an impact on score. Not sure what to rate this one, somewhere between 3 & 4 was decent, but not really anything special to me. Probably a 3.5 but I’ll rate it as 3 cus I think there has been better 4s.

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Meh

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A pleasant indie rock album that leans heavily towards the power pop genre. Often messy yet very melodic music. I like how they played with the usual tension between feeling lovesick and the moments of euphoria. The album feels familiar and thats a good thing. And surprisingly consistent. There isn't anything to hate here even if it isn't what I would truly adore.

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Enjoyable and good rock music. Nothing special at all, but still good.

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This one is new to me, Probably wouldn't have ever stumbled into it if it wasn't for this thing. I don't really think it's my style to be honest. I think the writing is pretty good, the instrumentation is very passable. The vocals are solid. Everything about this albums seem good. and because of that I really wished I liked it more. I'm not upset I listened to this album, Listened to it twice actually was hoping it would hit a bit better the second time round. And it didn't really at all. But hey it's not horrible, just not my speed is all. Metal baby, the concept, and what you do to me were my favorites of the bunch.

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3 1/2

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Rätt bra album. Många låtar låter likadant. Känns ändå rätt före sin tid. Bästa låtar: The Concept What You Do to Me Is This Music?

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Not bad, but also not doing much for me. Kinda boring.

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True to 90's vintage, but otherwise not notable. Competent musicians with passable songwriting.

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Pleasant, but no one track really stood out to me.

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Was a little bit unsure about what I was in for at the start of the first track, but ended up enjoying it enough. Not amazing, but not bad either.

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not bad

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European Nickelback. A couple of good songs, the rest is not for me.

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Some pretty mellow sounds here. Like Big Star-lite.

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It is just an ok album. Not really noteworthy.

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Uninspired early 90s alternative. Nothing too bad, but relatively risk free with a number of tracks indistinguishable from one another.

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I think that 15 year old me might have liked this 25 years ago, similar to The Charlatans or maybe Ash. Not where I’m at right now but I’ll give it a 3 from the person I used to be.

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Beetje punk-rock-achtig, maar dan veel relaxter. Doet mij een beetje aan Foo Fighters of misschien nog meer aan Mud denken. Ik vind het wel leuke muziek. Alleen vind ik de hits van Mud toch leuker (die ook wat meer up-tempo zijn). Leuke nummers zijn o.a. "The Concept" en "What you do to me". ***

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Got to song 2

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Bueno, no se me hizo tan especial

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I had not heard of Teenage Fanclub until now. 1991’s album of the year over Nevemind? Come on Spin magazine, that’s atrocious. I’m not saying this album is atrocious. The album is OK. And the record company paid off Kiss’s Gene Simmons because he trademarked a bag with the $ on it? That’s stupid. These are my two takeaways from this album.

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Kind of like it, but not enough that I'd seek it out. If it was on the radio I wouldn't change it though.

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These guys were definitely listening to Big Star and Cheap Trick. Power pop to the max. Though this tends to stick more to the mellower Big Star sound than the slightly more fun/upbeat sound of Cheap Trick. Probably one of the worst album covers I've ever seen. Did they have a 5 minute conversation about what the cover should look like and then go straight over to MS Paint and crank it out in 5 more minutes? Nailed it! And the whole business with Gene Simmons owning the copyright to the image of a cash bag with a dollar sign on it is mind bogglingly ridiculous. Reason #473 why Gene Simmons is a fucking piece of shit.

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I like their clear, strong sound. The repetition in sound and themes got boring by the end though.

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It was alright. Bit weird. Not my thing but worth listening to.

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Very of its time. Decent listen but nothing that hits you.

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sus letras y armonías en general son agradables pero nada que me deje con la boca abierta.

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I come from this period in time. This is an album that critics loved but the people didn’t. This is some sort of REM meets grunge. It’s very polished. That’s not what grunge was. It doesn’t have the rawness of Nevermind.

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solid album

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Lost interest halfway through. Wasn't, just not in the mood.

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This was pretty cool. Really clean and poppy I was getting some Oasis or Sloan vibes. Some fun production on the instrumental album closer - almost sounded like bagpipes a little bit. Fav tracks: “What You Do To Me” , “Is This Music?”

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Some good 90's power pop here, (ALT Power Pop?) Love "What You Do To Me" as a Faux Beatles track and their use of harmonies on Sidewinder & December is so reminiscent of the Beach Boys. A good listen though.

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Delightful.

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Post grunge era had its merits

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Fun album - good genre

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-I like the jam at the beginning of "Satan," it is reminiscent of The Who smashing their instruments/jamming, and it is a good jam throughout -I like the story and bass line of "Metal Baby." I also like the distorted guitar solo stuff at the end -Just like, not very exciting

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It's good, but most of the tracks don't really stand out. Favorite tracks are Satan and Alcoholiday

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Very sweet sentiments and harmonies. Feels like California, but by Scots! I do like the guitar sound, but it is a pity there is very little change across the album.

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Power pop perfection with Iron-Bru coursing through the tunes. See? Glasgow can't be all that bad. Best Tracks: The Concept; What You Do To Me; Is This Music?

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Enjoyable Garage Rock. No More No Less

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Sweet album! Fav new track: December

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Pretty decent, interesting sound

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Solid alt.rock album

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Started strong then just wafted off into nothingness. Not bad just parts that were forgotten

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Ничего примечательного.

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A bit disappointed. It's a good mix of Californian style harmonies & Scottish style indie rock but is it really that special?

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Saved: I don't know, Star Sign, Pet Rock, Alcoholiday, Is this Music? Absolutely solid Scottish alternative album, bit repetitive, but not every album has to be experimental.

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16th December 2021 Listened in the morning before going back for a wander around Granville and having nandos and watching twilight in the evening! Liked this a lot, new age era but timeless and down to earth rock.

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I really liked this. Might be worth a higher rating on further listening.

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Pretty forgettable.

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This is a fun listen. I’ve had a few of their songs appear on my Spotify playlists, but listening to this entire album gives me a better appreciation for them. This early shoegaze is not as annoying as My Bloody Valentine because it’s more melodic and you can actually hear what they’re singing. There are so many influences here, or were they the influencers? I’m too lazy to check the timelines. I hear Weezer, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Beatles and Beach Boys harmonies. A lot of great indie rock here, particularly the Concept and Star Sign,

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Feels like a precursor to weezer.

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Album cover had me wondering just how old is MS Paint. Don't hate this, don't love this. Mostly bland.

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Sounds like the 90s

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Eh, I listened to some of it.

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Снова похожи альбомы.

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Nice tight pop music.

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Good musical ideas, catchy tunes, one seems to hear the Byrds in some of them. Unfortunately, the arrangements are primal and make the songs forgettable.

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Some great songs. Very very nearly a 4 from me

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This one was fine. Had some good alt-rock riffs. Sounds like the beginning of bands like Oasis and Weezer. I enjoyed it, but it's not memorable.

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I already listened to some new releases of this band (actually, I didn't even know that they were a 90's band), but this album sounds so different that I didn't recognize the band as the same as their newer albums. This one is a very nice 90's indie rock with some good songs and a little bit of extravagance. Nothing so remarkable, but a good album for a Friday morning.

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03/21/22

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Pretty cool early alt rock album. Doesn't have quite the oomph to keep my attention, but worth a listen.

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I enjoyed it and the melodies were great, just boring. I probably wouldn't revisit.

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Some fun tracks on here, kinda sounded american to me which is weird since they're scottish apparently

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Liked it. Sounds like the precipice of grunge, but has a sort of beach boys thing going every so often. Nicer vocals than the later grunge scene.

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Fine, but nothing that grabbed me or would lead me to listen to it again

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Rating: 6/10

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Decent distorted bubble gum pop!

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Du alternative bin ordinaire. S'écoute bien mais aucun moment fort

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Eh. Not bad but eh

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Forgettable rock. "The Concept" is pretty good and I'll listen to that again, but it's like four white boys making sloppy alt rock that's pretty indistinguishable. Vocals aren't really notable either. I'll give it a fat two.

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it doesn't sound that great, mostly just forgettable alt rock songs

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This one was not my jam. It doesn't fall as far as a single star, but also doesn't rise high enough to merit another listen. 2 stars.

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It was fine. Not sure why this was on this list but everyone has their taste

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Didn't like it. Very poppy. Not my taste.

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Production: 5/20 Songwriting: 10/20 Innovation: 10/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 5/20 =30 maybe I wasn’t properly paying attention but I was underwhelmed

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Kind of blah

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Never listened to Teenage Daydream before, but glad to have heard it. Kinda generic 90's-type power ballads, but some catchy tracks here and there. Highlights: -Star Sign -Is This Music?

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It was ok

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Sad 90's teens in a garage band. As an adult hard to listen to. Meh 2/5

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Better than I thought!

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very noise-pop

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I haven't liked very much

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Not bad

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Ok, not my thing

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Nothing particularly interesting

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struggled with this one, pretty bland to me.

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Production: 5/20 Songwriting: 10/20 Innovation: 10/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 5/20 = maybe I wasn’t properly paying attention but I was underwhelmed

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Meh.

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It's a weird album that I was listening to as a teenager. Seems very old. A lot more influence from Big Star than I remember.

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Halfway through and so far feels like a 1. Just not that interested in it. Maybe a 2, couple tracks were OK, sounded like something off the end of an Earthed dvd. 2/5

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Not bad, but not good. Forgettable.

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Decent enough but nothing really stood out to me.

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Not that good

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meh

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Oli siinä biisejä ainakin

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I'm glad the first song wasn't an indicator of quality because it was trash. Star Sign is...fine. The rest just all sounds the same. Not a huge fan.

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It was alright. Nothing too special about this album in my opinion. 2/5 stars.

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boh.. sembrano oasis ma peggio

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Mwah

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Meh

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Lol this is just so forgettable and meh…

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Meh.

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Do you remember that time earlier this year when everyone made a really big deal about the 30th anniversary of this album? No? That's because nobody remembers Teenage Fanclub, and any acclaim this album received back in '91 has been lost to time. ]"Bandwagonesque was voted 'album of the year' for 1991 by American music magazine Spin, famously beating Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind." Hahahahahaha.... hahahahaha! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Do you know who likes astrological signs? Teenage girls. They’ve got apps that give them daily horoscopes and other jazz. But astrology thinks I’m a Virgo. My 8th grade science teacher looked up the orientation of the night sky when I was born and said that I’m actually a Leo. Do you know who's thoughts on astrology are vague and confusing? Teenage Fanclub. I don’t know what “Star Sign” is trying to say. Apparently it was their biggest hit though. Probably with teenage girls in their teenage fanclub who love that stuff. The rest of the songs made little-to-no impact. "Satan" and "What You Do to Me" and "Pet Rock" were wastes. They weren't interesting enough as near-instrumentals or interludes to be worth it. And the rest of the songs were rather generic. I don't know how Spin got this one so wrong. Their other album of the year picks seem pretty standard and acceptable. Oh well. The music itself is a 3. Harmless, only one or two songs I would actively run away from. I'm trying real hard not to dock it an extra star for Spin's overhype.

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It's...fine. Not super interesting. It's okay. Starts off rough, and gets better, but never really gets great. I think I probably could have died without hearing it.

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Got half way through and to be honest just got a bit bored - too much jangly guitar for me and not enough variety in the sound.

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Not great, not bad. I liked the instrumentals but nothing really popped out to me to warrant a place on 1001 albums that you need to listen to.

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Not for me, is this music and December are stand out tracks.

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For a ’91 release I find the music fairly ordinary. The lyrics too aren’t too inspiring, though a definite step up from ACDC. I’m not a fan of the second (feedback) song, I thought it should have been buried deep on side 2. Speaking of deep on side 2, I like the final track "Is this Music?" with it’s bag pipes feel.

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Bob Dylan won the coveted  Pulitzer Prize "for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." (https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/bob-dylan)  I'm sure Norman  Blake is expecting the same for his brilliant and provocative  lyrics to "What You Do To Me." For a joke I searched lyrics meaning for that song to see if anyone could find something useful to say, One dude pointed out that he says knee rather than knees once. Profound for sure. So Spin Mag voted this 1991 album of the year ahead of Nevermind. Hmmm. Whoever made that decision must feel silly especially when they see the verdict the learned listening audience of the 1001 App. rendered on the relative standing of these two albums. When I listened I couldn't help but think that this is a glaring example of formula music that was adopted by the radio stations that used to have  EDGE. Those stations clung to the term "alternative rock" and convinced their listeners it was alternative rather than same old, same old formulae music. Anyway, I had lots of extra time today so I listened to this album three times. I'm sad to report that the formula actually works and it was downright scary to watch it work on me.  On the third time through, I actually started toe tapping and the formula resulted in a +1 to my rating.  Pure Evil!

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Two halfway decent tracks bookend the rest of an LP filled with pure schmaltz. Disappointing to see the slight sparks of something different in the lengthy opener and shoegazey closer completely snuffed by the insipid melodies and eye-gouging repetition of lyrics such as "I know/ but I don't know" and "I love your walk/ I love your talk."

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Decent! Nothing too special. *December

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How is this better than Nirvana's Nevermind, Spin Magazine? It's watery garage rock. Yea this is like shitty Oasis.

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No se. La verdad es que no se. No me interesó.

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Pretty generic 90s alt rock. Close to a 1 star but had some alright moments.

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Powerpop my ass. I don't hate this. I can see how it may have inspired Weezer and the like. It's pretty vapid. But I spose that's the point.

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Liked some of the songs on this album but a few were "just noise" to me

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lame

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2ish.

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Pretty bland.

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i think you can tell by now i'm not really fond of the british. i'm sorry. it's not you, it's me.

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Ce n’est pas prce qu’il y a de la distorsion et du fuzz que c’est rebelle. Une pop convenue et léchée ennuyeuse. J’ai arrêté d’écouter à la moitié, rien ne m’annonçait que ça s’améliorerait.

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Kjedelig. Dei spele visst på Vulkan Arena på søndan. Update etter å ha hørt ferdig albumet: Den siste sangen va litt nice

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I think I enjoyed it but I honestly can't remember a single track, which isn't generally a great sign.

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2.5

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Shoegaze indierock classic back in the day. In retrospect it sounds dated and gets boring after a few songs

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Meh.

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Not realy my thing.

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If this album generator has helped me discover one thing, it's that I don't love early 90's British indie rock.

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Infumable

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Didn’t like

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Didn’t click with me, which is peculiar considering I enjoy most other bands from that genre/era. I’d choose Pavement and/or Dinosaur Jr over Teenage Fanclub any day, but I can see why others would like choose otherwise.

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Feels like the kind of album you must have been there to really enjoy it.

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Not for me

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I'm certainly not jumping on this bandwagonesque

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Vraiment pas ouf Du mauvais supergrass

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I'm kinda hating the project now. I'm 121 albums in, and the idiot who made this list is right only serendipitously.

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meh

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