ON THE RECORD.
The Proclaimers - Notes And Rhymes Having danced along in a hundred dingy nightclubs to an 'ironic' DJ playing (I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles, it is hard to know just how serious one should take a new Proclaimers album.
Are they one-hit wonders? Misunderstood Celtic troubadours? The Krankies with acoustic guitars? Disappointingly, a listen to their eighth studio record sheds little light on the dilemma. At times the subject matter is overtly political, with unemployment and war all tackled. But the unflinchingly lightweight backing, which positively defines the word twee, along with by-numbers fillers like Love Can Move Mountains, ensures a mixed message.