Thursday, 20 December 2012

Best Albums of 2012: 2. Tender Trap

2.  Ten Songs About Girls - Tender Trap (Fortuna Pop!)

Given the excellence of the band's session for Rocker's Dandelion Radio show in 2012, and their live showcasing of many of the tracks at last December's Glasgow Popfest, Tender Trap's album was always a favourite to attain a high placing in this end of year list even before its release.

When it finally came out, it was to find that none of these tracks lost nothing from their session or live versions and that this was, indeed, the best indie pop album to appear anywhere in the last twenty years and perhaps beyond.   The songcraft and harmonies merge supremely on such tracks as the plaintive 'May Day' and 'Train From Kings Cross Station', the arch 'Memorabilia' and, for me, the year's standout track, 'MBV'.

Amelia Fletcher has fronted so many great bands down the years, and produced so many great records: who'd have thought her finest moment would arrive as late as 2012?   Finest moment yet, that is.

Mark W

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