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Rock - Released October 17, 2011 | Parlophone UK

Barely causing a ripple upon its 1988 release, Sunshine on Leith, the second album by Edinburgh's the Proclaimers, received new life five years down the road when the infectious "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" became a fluke hit following its inclusion on the soundtrack to Benny & Joon. Although nothing else on the album quite matches that Top Ten's energy or quirky charm, the duo's (twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid) sophomore effort still manages to be a highly listenable and thoroughly engaging blend of folk and pop with several nods to their Scottish heritage. Many of the lyrics touch upon the subject of domestic and familial bliss as on "Then I Met You"; the jaunty, wide-eyed wonder of "Sean"; and the lovely, waltz-like title track (featuring some gorgeous harmonies). There's a thread of optimism that runs through most of the album only broken on the few occasions when the two stray from the comforts of home and hearth (as on "What Do You Do"). Other standout tracks include the upbeat swagger of "I'm On My Way" and the steel-guitar twang of their cover of Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues." © Tom Demalon /TiVo
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Rock - Released September 6, 1993 | Parlophone UK

Barely causing a ripple upon its 1988 release, Sunshine on Leith, the second album by Edinburgh's the Proclaimers, received new life five years down the road when the infectious "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" became a fluke hit following its inclusion on the soundtrack to Benny & Joon. Although nothing else on the album quite matches that Top Ten's energy or quirky charm, the duo's (twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid) sophomore effort still manages to be a highly listenable and thoroughly engaging blend of folk and pop with several nods to their Scottish heritage. Many of the lyrics touch upon the subject of domestic and familial bliss as on "Then I Met You"; the jaunty, wide-eyed wonder of "Sean"; and the lovely, waltz-like title track (featuring some gorgeous harmonies). There's a thread of optimism that runs through most of the album only broken on the few occasions when the two stray from the comforts of home and hearth (as on "What Do You Do"). Other standout tracks include the upbeat swagger of "I'm On My Way" and the steel-guitar twang of their cover of Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues." © Tom Demalon /TiVo
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Rock - Released September 1, 2003 | Parlophone UK

Capitol's 2002 Best of the Proclaimers did a fine job compiling the spotty -- but occasionally brilliant -- Scottish duo's most memorable tracks, so when something like EMI's Finest arrives, it can only be met with the kind of skepticism reserved for insurance salesmen and snake-oil peddlers. The decision to omit absolutely essential tracks like "Over and Done With," "Letter from America," "Oh Jean," and "Throw the 'R' Away" -- the latter is represented by its decidedly less impressive B-side, "A Train Went Past My Window" -- must have something to do with licensing, because with only "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" to do the barking, this collection has little to offer even the most casual of Proclaimers fans. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Rock - Released October 17, 2011 | Parlophone UK

4 stars out of 5 -- "[L]argely acoustic...[with] lyrically-taut social history and beautifully constructed love songs." © TiVo
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Rock - Released July 1, 1990 | Parlophone UK

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Pop - Released January 1, 2007 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

Sometimes a band finds its career virtually on hold. The Proclaimers had enjoyed a couple of major hit albums and especially two very memorable hit singles in the 1980s, "Letter from America" and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," but the hits dried up and the two identical twins Charlie and Craig Reid had carried on regardless, churning out their unique brand of guitar-based folk-rock with witty and clever lyrics. In fact, their previous three albums had all failed to reach the Top 60 in the album charts and only a belated compilation, The Best Of..., released in 2002, brought them briefly back to the Top 30. Then in 2007 their song "I'm Gonna Be" was chosen by the team behind the Comic Relief charity as the unofficial single (the official one being the Girls Aloud-Sugababes collaboration "Walk This Way"), and just like two years previously, it was the unofficial song that captured the public imagination and became the bigger hit, in fact reaching number one on the singles chart for three weeks in the spring. The Best Of... was quickly reissued and became their biggest album to date, and while the iron was hot, the twins released their seventh studio album, Life with You, which was produced by Steve Evans, who had previously worked with the Waterboys. The trademark Proclaimers sound was still there, including the finger-snapping opening title track, the staccato guitar that introduces "In Recognition," and the thoughtful lyrics, discussing religion on "New Religion" and "If There's a God." There was also misogynistic gangsta rap rhyming and swearing on "Here It Comes Again," and they didn't forget their roots, producing a faithful cover of the Wreckless Eric song "Whole Wide World." © Sharon Mawer /TiVo
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Rock - Released April 6, 2010 | Savoy

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Rock - Released April 27, 2015 | Cooking Vinyl

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Rock - Released October 17, 2011 | Parlophone UK

After six years, The Proclaimers delivered their third album. While it was a strong record with many fine songs, it lacked a knockout single. Consequently, the duo wasn't able to follow through on the success of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." © David Jehnzen /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 2000 | Parlophone UK

After six years, The Proclaimers delivered their third album. While it was a strong record with many fine songs, it lacked a knockout single. Consequently, the duo wasn't able to follow through on the success of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." © David Jehnzen /TiVo
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Rock - Released September 6, 2005 | Persevere Records

The Proclaimers are nothing if not consistent. Since their 1987 debut, Scotland's Reid brothers released six records that were consistently inconsistent, relying on two to three brilliant cuts per album amid a veritable sea of good-natured filler. On their second release for their own Persevere imprint, Craig and Charlie have crafted another lopsided collection of willfully earnest tunes about love, sex, God, and whiskey. Recorded in London, Restless Soul doesn't retain the snap, crackle, and pop of 2003's Born Innocent; rather, it's awash in surprisingly deep Brill Building reverb. This could have been a good thing, but the dated keyboard patches and over-reliance on mid-tempo balladry drags the whole affair into the Thames. As always, there are a few bright spots. The spirited opener, "When Love Struck You Down," with its infectious melody and biting refrain of "When love struck you down/Oh, how hard you prayed/But God didn't come to your aid" is a highlight, "I'm Gone" is as simple a drinking song as anything the Pogues ever raised a glass to, the jazzy sex romp "That's Better Now" proves that the brothers must need extra-large kilts, and the fiery closer, "One More Down," revels in the frantic, overdriven, and ballsy delivery that won the boys from Leith a devoted following in the first place. Come to think of it, that about sums up every Proclaimers record. Their utter lack of pretension always trumps the negative, and while they may be inconsistent, they're still the best Buddy Holly-kissed honky tonk/R&B/roots rock sibling duo to ever come out of the U.K. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Rock - Released May 8, 2012 | Savoy

The ninth studio album from Craig and Charlie Reid finds the Scottish siblings further settling into their roles as big-hearted family men with a gift for crafting soulful pop songs that are as gloriously catchy as they are unbearably old-fashioned. To be fair, the brothers Reid have never pretended to be anything other than unabashed, heart-on-their-sleeves romantics, but Like Comedy pushes things so far to the sweet end of the confectionary spectrum that even longtime fans may need a salty digestif after devouring its 12 sugary, occasionally mawkish courses. That said, there are always nuggets to be found on a Proclaimers record, and Like Comedy doesn't disappoint, offering up the swinging, spirited opener "Whatever You Got," the rocking, radio-ready "Thought of You," and the gorgeous ballad "After You're Gone," the latter of which almost sounds like the bruised, yet still hopeful older sibling to 1998's "Sunshine on Leith." Sure, the constant barrage of sentimentality can be a bit off-putting, as evidenced by the chorus from the theatrical title cut ("When you lose your appetite for self destruction you can stop viewing life as tragedy/give it a few more years and look from this angle/where it looks more and more like comedy"), but such relentless optimism, especially coming from a band caught in the unforgiving (as far as pop music is concerned) tide pool of middle age, is kind of extraordinary, and ultimately inspiring. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Rock - Released June 15, 2009 | Savoy

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. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Pop - Released July 1, 1990 | Chrysalis UK

4 stars out of 5 -- "[L]argely acoustic...[with] lyrically-taut social history and beautifully constructed love songs." © TiVo
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Rock - Released May 18, 2017 | Belly Up Live

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Pop - Released April 30, 2014 | Persevere Records

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Pop - Released September 20, 2018 | Persevere Records

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Pop - Released May 1, 2014 | Persevere Records

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Rock - Released May 1, 2012 | 429 Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 2009 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)