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Primary 5 Go! Review

Album. Released 2007.  

BBC Review

...back to fill your Summer with more sunshine harmony and Jackson Browne-lovin' goodness.

Chris Jones 2007

Proving once more that to be West Coast doesn't necessarily mean toting a glock and getting all sweary, Primary 5 are back to fill your Summer with more sunshine harmony and Jackson Browne-lovin' goodness. At this rate we'll all be wearing denim dungarees again...

Formed by ex-Teenage Fanclub drummer, Paul Quinn and guitarist Ryan Currie, the band have, like the Fannies, clung to the old-fashioned notion that harmony, chiming guitars and a love of the Buffalo Springfield and Big Star are all it takes to put a smile on people's faces. And they're right.

This follow-up to 2004's North Pole is chock-full of the same easy pleasures. "Sunsets" evokes just that, while "Out In The Cold" manages the trick of being melancholy and soul-lifting in equal measure.

To be sure, this kind of mellowness can often bland itself out with niceness, yet Currie's Graham Nash-alike vocals and the band's sheer knack for melodic greatness always wins the day. There's a thesis to be written somewhere as to why bands from north of the border have this gift in such abundance, but until it's written, just lie back and enjoy the ride...

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