Teenage Fanclub / Man-Made
Album: Man-Made   Collection:General
Artist:Teenage Fanclub   Added:Jul 2005
Label:Merge Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-08-07 Pull Date: 2005-10-09
Week Ending: Oct 9 Oct 2 Sep 25 Sep 11 Sep 4 Aug 28 Aug 21 Aug 14
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 3 4 6 4

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 24, 2013: All Things Go
Fallen Leaves
4. Dec 20, 2005: Foreplay and Sex Wax
Its All in My Mind
2. Nov 19, 2009: Palo Alto Pop Overthrow
Its All in My Mind
5. Oct 08, 2005: Biff Bang Pow
Only with You
3. Mar 22, 2006: Foreplay and Sex Wax
Its All in My Mind
6. Oct 01, 2005: Biff Bang Pow
Its All in My Mind

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-08-07
Simple, romantic pop from this enduring Scottish band. Lush, gentle, intense, and timeless. Male harmony vocals. Mostly guitar-based, plus piano, organ, and strings. Recorded by Tortoise’s John McEntire in Chicago; he plays some piano here. More than their other LPs, this one celebrates The Byrds & Motown pop/soul. Trademark TF: intensely romantic, perfect pop arrangements and clever turns of phrase, heavenly harmonies, and a very refreshing couldn’t-give-a-crap attitude about following mainstream, indie, or underground trends. There’s no anger and little angst here (they once wrote ‘rebellion is a platitude’) so if you want that, look elsewhere. Mid-tempo unless noted. No FCCs. All songs excellent. Start with 1, 7, 11.

==> 1. Bouncy Zen pop. “I was like a wave. I didn’t show emotion. I was a hundred years upon the ocean.”
2. A bit more rock than pop... noisy guitars, insistent snare, but still TF’s trademark gentle vox and melodies. About life & love vs. death. Acoustic (guitar & strings) bridge. “There is more to life than I aim for.”
3. Sing-song melody, contrasting chorus, and Dean-Wareham-like lyrics make this song very cinematic, somehow. Slows a bit at end.
4. Lazy/suspended feel. “Always on the outside, hoping for some insight.”
5. High-energy, mid-fast. About nostalgia and about forgetting things. Ends suddenly.
6. Exceedingly gentle love ballad. Piano (played by John McEntire), jazzy guitar, and organ. Lovely, sparse, protracted solo piano ending.
==> 7. Quiet rock ballad with a dark folk feel -- about falling apart, heading toward death. “I have no fear but I’m not brave.” Starts & ends with solo acoustic guitar.
8. Up-tempo, features unison twin lead guitars. “I feel what I know and I know what I feel.” About heartbreak & acceptance. Ends with repeating, fading “Feel the sunshine.”
9. Loud-ish guitar intro gives way to prominent organ and swaying ’70s pop.
10. Sounds very much like The High Llamas circa Gideon Gaye -- mixed with The Byrds. Beautiful.
==> 11. Retro psych trance/dance rock... celebrating The Byrd’s psychedelic side. Starts with a bit of insect-like percussion.
12. Quiet denouement/lullaby. “Don’t hide who you are/decide where you are.” Nice splash of noise guitars for chorus.

Track Listing
1. Its All in My Mind   7. Cells
2. Time Stops   8. Feel
3. Nowhere   9. Fallen Leaves
4. Save   10. Flowing
5. Slow Fade   11. Born Under a Good Sign
6. Only with You   12. Don't Hide