As you may or may not recall, I don't love Teenage Fanclub. I know I should, but I don't. I won't use this post to explain in detail just why, as it was all said on an earlier post. I would like to add that I saw the Pernice Brothers live on two separate occasions and they bored me both times. I listened to The Sadies some years ago and I don't have feelings either way.
So here come The New Mendicants, a band featuring Joe Pernice, Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub and Mike Belitsky of The Sadies and it is absolutely killing me.
Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, my favorite LP length, The New Mendicants deliver a beautiful record full of the jangle and hooks I seem to be missing when listening to TF.
(Okay, I'll say one thing.)
I recognize Teenage Fanclub's ability to write accessible pop hooks, but what I found on "Into The Lime" was something unique, a collection of songs where each one stood out from the other. With TF, it was too often I couldn't tell one song from the other.
I'm not here to bury TF, but to praise The New Mendicants.