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Album Review

The Proclaimers, who will forever have fans who only show up to shows to hear the inevitable "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" encore, have quietly amassed an impressive canon of material since their 1987 debut. Some may have (unfairly) tossed the duo into the "one-hit wonder" pile after the success of its signature hit, but brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have managed to outlive their initial burst of fame and settle into a sustainable career that consistently produces album after album of the kind of amiable adult alternative pop/rock that brings lesser acts riches. Released in 2009, Notes & Rhymes is textbook Proclaimers, utilizing the template of two or three rockers, a couple of covers, and a whole lot of heartfelt balladry. The brothers' signature blend of R&B, country, soul, and folk filtered through two of the thickest Scottish brogues in modern music is just as charming (or grating, depending on which camp you reside in) as it was in the late '80s, and songs like "Love Can Move Mountains," "Just Look Now," and "On Causewayside" prove that the siblings have lost none of their wit and warmth. While 2003's Born Innocent remains the outfit's best (and most diverse) late-period release to date, Notes & Rhymes chimes in at a not so distant second.

Customer Reviews

Notes & Rhymes

Best thing in ages. Great lyrics, solid melodies and perfect arrangements. Have sat on Sunshine on Leith for years and ignored it, now can't get enough of this fresh, honest pair and their brillant music. Just take the time and listen, soon you'll have to queue for tickets no matter where they're playing. That's the thing, you just know they can do this live and still blow your mind. Truly talented, thank goodness they carried on.

The Boys Are back!

Didn't even know this had been released, but it's a thoughtful, polished and catchy album! A must have, IMHO!


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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Notes & Rhymes, The Proclaimers
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: 01 January 2009

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