Lovers of power-pop and west-coast sun-drenched harmonies are in for a real treat. 'Friday Night Lights' by Glasgow's Attic Lights is a delightful, accessible, uplifting album with plenty of influences and references which virtually leap out at you such as Teenage Fanclub, Manic Street Preachers and Big Star. While they may not be huge on innovation or particularly bothered about covering new ground, what Attic Lights have achieved is to produce an album packed full of hooks, harmonies and big, beautiful songs, reminiscent of the debut by The Thrills only, arguably, less lyrically clichéd.
At ten tracks, it is at a perfect length to have the maximum impact without ever outstaying its welcome and, thankfully, there aren't any weak or average tracks, it is one excellent song after another, each track lovingly produced and performed to optimize the listener's pleasure. The best songs, in my opinion, are 'Never Get Sick Of The Sea', 'Bring You Down', 'Wendy', 'Nothing But Love', 'Late Night Sunshine' and 'Winter On' - and I'm well aware that I've just named the majority of the album.
If this album had have been released in the mid-nineties, it would probably be hailed as one of the best of the genre and - despite being a little out of time - for a debut, it is little short of remarkable and stands alongside the best output of Teenage Fanclub. Music is in the ear of the beholder and, although I'm sure some will turn their noses up at something that has been done before and bemoan the lack of originality, if you do like this genre of music, you will love Attic Lights. I know I do. If listening to an album can literally lift my spirits and make me feel genuinely happy to be alive, then it can only be a good thing. Superb.
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