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Album Review

More than eight years after the Proclaimers had a surprise hit with "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," the Scottish duo released Persevere in 2001. The album's first single, "There's a Touch," has the same goofy charm of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," as do other tracks on the album such as "Land Fit for Zeros." Casual fans of the group may have forgotten or never known of the group's political edge, but that edge is present on "Scotland's Story" and "Everybody's a Victim." While the album is not likely to achieve the kind of success of their previous work, there is enough interesting material in Persevere to prevent the Proclaimers from being placed in the "Where Are They Now?" file just yet.


Formed: 1986 in Leith, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When the Scottish duo of Craig and Charlie Reid emerged in 1987, they were immediately compared to the Everly Brothers. Considering their energetic, melodic folk-rock, the comparison made some sense, even though the Proclaimers didn't really sound like the Everlys. Instead, the two were a post-punk pop band, aggressively displaying their thick accents on sweet, infectiously melodic songs about love, politics, and life in Scotland. After two albums in the late '80s (This Is the Story [1987], Sunshine...
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