while most bands are lucky to have one great songwriter, teenage fanclub are blessed with three, hence 'shadows' is overflowing with the kind of gorgeous, harmony-driven classics you'd expect to find on a greatest hits album. the brilliance of 'shadows', like all the best teenage fanclub records, is that it sounds like everything they've ever done and like nothing anyone else has ever done, all on one album. it may be a considered and well put-together record, but it has all the spontaneity of 'bandwagonesque'. it may have a deceptively simple feel, but it's as polished and intelligent as 'grand prix'. and despite the input of others and new ideas, it's still a record that only the three members of teenage fanclub could make.