Words of Wisdom and Hope

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Barnes & Noble - Gail O'Hara
Jad Fair, the singer of the outsider/punk act Half Japanese, has a voice that is something of an acquired taste, but once one acquires it, it is easy to appreciate his frantic, nervous odes to girls girls girls! When backed by the wonderful Scottish trad-rock act Teenage Fanclub, Fair is better than ever. He has previously collaborated with such folks as Yo La Tengo and Daniel Johnston, but this one might be his most successful match-up yet, with Fair penning the lyrics and the Fannies doing the music. Songs such as "Near to You" and "I Feel Fine" are moving, rousing sing-alongs, while "You Rock" sounds like a twisted soul nugget, with Fair groaning and grunting and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Gail O'Hara
Jad Fair, the singer of the outsider/punk act Half Japanese, has a voice that is something of an acquired taste, but once one acquires it, it is easy to appreciate his frantic, nervous odes to girls girls girls! When backed by the wonderful Scottish trad-rock act Teenage Fanclub, Fair is better than ever. He has previously collaborated with such folks as Yo La Tengo and Daniel Johnston, but this one might be his most successful match-up yet, with Fair penning the lyrics and the Fannies doing the music. Songs such as "Near to You" and "I Feel Fine" are moving, rousing sing-alongs, while "You Rock" sounds like a twisted soul nugget, with Fair groaning and grunting and breathing heavily, suggesting a skinny, white Barry White. Things get even better when Katrina Mitchell the Pastels adds her sweet backing vocals to the mix, as on "Vampire Claw." Fair might be getting a bit old to be singing lyrics like "I wanna be your tiger" and "you're the apple of my eye," but this album of charming love songs makes his fare extremely pleasant listening.
All Music Guide - Brian O'Neill
The line of musicians waiting to work with Jad Fair goes around the block. But you can see the line move; such is the prolific nature of the subdued dude. Words of Wisdom and Hope is, not surprisingly, exactly the sum of its parts. Teenage Fanclub is probably the purest pop act to get involved with Fair, and the result is easily the most straightforward album to have his name on it in some time, possibly ever. Please note, though, that this doesn't mean it's particularly polished. The Glasgow natives contributed melodic intervention, but with a garage-like spontaneity to it. This perfectly matches Fair's geeky yet sincere declarations of having a "Crush on You," and similar declarations on other love odes such as "Near to You" and "Cupid." The disc is refreshing and endearing, a must-own for aficionados of either artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2002
  • Label: Domino Records Uk
  • EAN: 5055019901423
  • Catalog Number: 1990142

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Behold the Miracle - Jad Fair (3:47)
  2. 2 I Feel Fine - Jad Fair (3:28)
  3. 3 Near to You - Jad Fair (4:13)
  4. 4 Smile - Jad Fair (4:48)
  5. 5 Crush on You - Jad Fair (7:07)
  6. 6 Cupid - Jad Fair (6:36)
  7. 7 The Power of Your Tenderness - Jad Fair (3:57)
  8. 8 Vampire's Claw - Jad Fair (3:45)
  9. 9 Secret Heart - Jad Fair (2:37)
  10. 10 You Rock - Jad Fair (5:36)
  11. 11 Love's Taken Over - Jad Fair (4:01)
  12. 12 The Good Thing - Jad Fair (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teenage Fanclub Primary Artist
Jad Fair Vocals
Gerard Love Bass, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar
Raymond McGinley Guitar, Mandola
Finlay MacDonald Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Katrina Mitchell Drums, Vocals
Paul Quinn Guitar, Drums
Paul Quinn Guitar, Drums
Norman Blake Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Teenage Fanclub Producer, Audio Production
Jad Fair Producer, Audio Production, Cover Art
Johnny Cameron Engineer
Steve Rooke Mastering
Jason Rosenberg Cover Construction
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