Album Review Teenage Fanclub - Endless Arcade

Teenage Fanclub - Endless Arcade

Ripping up their rulebook? Hardly. Giving long-time fans something new to enjoy? You bet.

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The first Teenage Fanclub album since the departure of original member Gerard Love in 2018 (and, notably, the consequent addition of new-to-them-at-least Euros Childs) ‘Endless Arcade’ largely sticks to the Scottish veterans’ indie pop roots, being forty minutes of charged guitars and driving rhythms paired with poetic lyricism. It’s heartfelt, the songs on show regaling tales of broken relationships, of feelings of loss and hopelessness, most notably in the immersive ‘Living With You’: “My world is upside down, I’m lost don’t know what to do / You’re so far away from me / So I’ll wait and hope that one day the tide will turn,” it goes. Emotionally honest, across its twelve tracks the group detail feelings of longing, losing your sense of self and awaiting something more in a wholly atmospheric manner. Ripping up their rulebook? Hardly. Giving long-time fans something new to enjoy? You bet.


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