live reviews; singles and albums.
Teenage Fanclub, Oran Mor, Glasgow, June 14 ***** TEENAGE Fanclub can do no wrong, such is the respect they command from the Scottish music fraternity.
Opening with Near You, the good work continued with the excellent Radio, while Neil Jung sparked one of numerous sing-alongs from the sold-out crowd.
Overcoming a less than favourable sound, Verisimilitude proved another highpoint. With so many hairs-on-end moments peppering their 19-song set, highlights came thick and fast.
Sparky's Dream was the stand-out track, the song's infectious melody and glorious harmonies proving just too hard to resist.
ANDY KERR Def Leppard, Whitesnake SECC, Glasgow June 17 *****
THIS gig saw two of Britain's biggest rock bands from the Eighties roll back the years.
Whitesnake's charismatic frontman David Coverdale played up to the audience during classics Fool For Your Loving and Here I Go Again.
The veteran performer was the main focus of the rock-chick laden front rows, who threw their knickers on stage.
Def Leppard's performance was aided by five video screens.
Country-tinged new single Nine Lives was fairly mediocre, but was compensated by stirring renditions of Pour Some Sugar On Me and Armageddon It.
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan ABC1, Glasgow June 13 *****
ISOBEL Campbell and Mark Lanegan aren't the most obvious musical pairing. She's a former member of Belle & Sebastian, while he's a reformed rocker.
They have collaborated on two albums, but on stage here, it was as though this was their first meeting.
The star of the show was Lanegan. Clad in black, he proved a magnetic presence, while Campbell was reduced to a bit part.
There were moments to savour, most notably Carry Home, The False Husband and Come On Over, all of which shone thanks to Lanegan's powerful vocals.
A Certain Ratio Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, June 14 *****
THEY might look like they've had a hard paper round but post-punks, A Certain Ratio, can still groove with the best of them.
Apre-cursor to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Manchester band are neither a personable or charismatic bunch.
But so what? You'd be too busy dancing along to their disco-punk-funk tunes to care about what they look like anyway.
Early on, some Ceefax-era slap bass was at the forefront before some black female vocals added a nice acid-house feel.
As Tony Wilson allegedly said, they are "Joy Division, but better dressed." Fair point.
You Me At Six Studio 24, Edinburgh, June 16 *****
FRONTMAN Josh Franceschi tells the sell-out audience he doesn't care how they get hold of their debut album later this year - as long as they come to the shows and hang out with the band.
Given most of the crowd are teenage girls, it seemed a little transparent.
When they're not talking about the importance of their "relationship" with fans, You Me At Six rock like a perfectly able but not very interesting pastiche of their US counterparts - Cute Is What We Aim For.
They've got a few catchy choruses of their own but still a lot of room for growth.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jun 20, 2008|
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