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.