This was the second album from Edinburgh from geeky-looking Scottish twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid. They became famous for their distinct vocals, sung in a strong Scottish accent. At the time, it was not particularly successful, but became more so as I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) became a surprise hit a few years later. The album has gained a considerable amount of retrospective kudos and is now considered a bit of a classic.
My Old Friend The Blues is a country ballad and is a cover of a Steve Earle song. It is full of country twangy guitar and the brothers turn it into a Scottish lament as opposed to a Nashville tear-jerker. Sean is another incredibly appealing, addictive bit of Celtic folky fun. Sunshine On Leith is a slow, reflective but moving ballad that has been adopted by Hibernian FC. For a football anthem, however, it is surprisingly low-key. Come On Nature is an accordion-backed jaunty, folky upbeat number. I'm On My Way is another energetic, bubbly song packed full of youthful, studenty optimism and hope.
Teardrops is a bit of a grating mess, though, I have to say. Sorry lads. Unfortunately, Oh Jean becomes more cacophonous as it progresses as well. After a very promising main bulk, the last two tracks let the album down a tiny bit. It is unique, however, and you simply can't help but enjoy I'm Gonna Be or Then I Met You. They are both irresistible. Oh, and the bonus cover of Roger Miller's King Of The Road is similarly lovable.