AOTY 2017
Teenage Fanclub - Here
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #246 / 721
User Score
Based on 47 ratings
2016 Ratings: #205
September 9, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge / Label
Jangle Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Primarily, the focus on Here, as with most of TFC's albums, is the band's warm vocals and guitar-based hooks that somehow manage to get pleasantly stuck in your head for days.

80
The Line of Best Fit

The core components of their sound have remained intact, and it's only the delivery - which has naturally slowed down in pace - that has changed.

80
The Skinny

An unremarkable final quarter means Here’s not quite as strong an overall statement as Shadows or Man-made, with Connected to Life making an oddly sombre closer for what’s otherwise such an optimistic record.

80
Drowned in Sound

When you’ve got the formula just right, and have the songwriting chops of three of the finest melodic songwriters these isles have to offer, then the result cannot be anything less than sheer joy in the here and now.

80
Exclaim!

Here is a mature, melancholy gem that holds up nicely against anything in the band's catalogue.

80
The Guardian

Here is rarely less than lovely and boasts plentiful songs – most notably The Darkest Part of the Night and The First Sight, with their subtle orchestral underpinnings – that suggest we’ll always be glad to be reacquainted with them.

80
musicOMH

There is ... something about Here that marks it out as a little stronger and more confident than its immediate predecessors.

80
NOW Magazine

Their enchanting harmonies and eloquent songwriting are as formidable as ever.

78
Pitchfork

The Scottish quintet’s 10th album, and first in six years, is full of quiet revelations. The hushed production and contented lyrics make for their warmest and subtlest effort to date.

70
Loud and Quiet

This record’s twelve songs are comforting, comfortable, and gorgeously crafted, but they’re also as undemanding as they are rewarding.

70
PopMatters

Here is a more scuffed-up record than Shadows, a more varied record than Man-Made, but also builds on the strengths of both of those records.

70
Clash

Innovation isn’t on the album’s invite, but nonetheless fans will gobble this up.

60
DIY

‘Here’ joins the rest of the group’s catalogue in being consistently enjoyable, yet on this occasion not without flaw.

60
The Independent
Six years on from the last Teenage Fanclub album, not much seems to have changed. The Byrdsy jangle and winsome harmonies of tracks such as “The Darkest Part Of The Night” and “Live In The Moment” retain their natural grace, while the band’s mellifluous, understated charm is nowadays applied more to reflections on growing old, the urgencies of youth replaced by the small mercies chiselled from maturity.
50
Under The Radar

Teenage Fanclub sounds positively content, and even tranquil. It's not the worst fate for a group of rock lifers, but it doesn't make for the most compelling listening.

Aug 12, 2016
sourcherry24
82
Record to play with on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Track List
  1. I'm in Love
  2. Thin Air
  3. Hold On
  4. The Darkest Part of the Night
  5. I Have Nothing More to Say
  6. I Was Beautiful When I Was Alive
  7. The First Sight
  8. Live in the Moment
  9. Steady State
  10. It's a Sign
  11. With You
  12. Connected to Life


Added on: June 21, 2016