Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
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Based on 4 reviews
1991 Ratings: #176 / 421
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Based on 84 ratings
1991 Ratings: #24
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November 4, 1991 / Release Date
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What a fantastic Power Pop record and although at the time many didn't notice how influential this record was on the larger scope and with so many great cuts such as the well known opening track to more deeper cuts like Star Sign and Alcoholiday, Bandwagonesque has a lot of fantastic power pop tracks and is 42 minutes of warm melodic pop.

Track Review

The Concept 10/10
Satan 7.5/10.
December 8.5/10.
What You Do to Me 9.5/10
I Don't Know 8.5/10.
Star Sign 9/10
Metal Baby 8.5/10.
Pet Rock ... read more
It's a rare sight to see a band accomplish exactly what they wanted -- minus the fame. Channeling Alex Chilton so much so that Alex had wished he released it. They must have been over the moon. They didn't get the attention, a shame, but perhaps for the better, if the goal was to emulate their hero, as Big Star never got off the ground either. Alex was proud. His memory lives on, thanks in part to this love letter by the Fanclub. Fantastic.
I like the guitar sound, bass and violins. Some of the vocal harmonies were nice. The overall sound is satisfying. The whole thing is just too repetitive. I often felt that they had a cool idea that did not lead to anything. The vocals also did not carry the song. Star sign track for example sounded at the beginning like a U2 song. Grand and jangly guitar made me think of grand things, but it all fell flat when things moved forward. Everything just needed more energy and somewhere to go to.
I'm kinda surprised that I semi-enjoyed this one. It's got some kick to it, but yet still has dreamy vibes in it. It's a weird mesh of a lot of different ideas, mostly alternative-based, but with a good mesh of pop elements too. I do feel like I've heard this type of music before, but that doesn't entirely make it bad. My biggest issue with this is that the ideas here run stale kinda quick. The band doesn't show enough nuance with this album and they take their concepts to their maximum pretty ... read more
I'd like to believe this album, along with tons of other indie rock acts during the early to mid 1990s, was a major influence for the modern indie rock scene. These guys are pioneers of rock and this album shows just why.
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Added on: May 13, 2013