Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Start Again, by Teenage Fanclub

There comes a moment in Everyman's life in which one needs simple things. A cup of tea, a good book, a lazy chair, an unexpected kiss on the cheek in the morning. Not all catchy pop songs have to be obvious and plain stupid. Good, transcendent pop songs can be simple, straight-forward and down-to-earth, referring to everyday experiences and common feelings. Start Again is one of my favorite tunes by the Glasgow band, pretty much summing up the melody-and-harmony, hook-and-vocal-driven signature aesthetics of the Fannies.

It's grim up north, indeed, but there is still an unwaning light deep within the human heart: when everything seems dark, there's always room for hope.

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