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CD Review – The Scruffs (Classic pop, but is it worth it?)


This indie-pop band has been around for over three decades. Despite that, they are still putting out solid albums, and this time with some famous help. Members of Big Star, Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Proclaimers all lend their hand to Conquest, The Scruffs seventh official album (they also have “Swingin’ Singles” and “Angst: The Early Recordings”). Compared to their last album Pop Manifesto, this album is all about the power chords and stick-in-your-head choruses, like the “Oo-Mau-Mau” chorus on “Curse of the Mau Mau.” This is a must listen for anyone who craves catchy pop with a vintage foundation.

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