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Classic Album Review: The Proclaimers | Persevere

The Scottish brothers do their best to escape the dungeon of one-hit wonderdom.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Think fast — name a Proclaimers song besides I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). Stumped? Don’t feel bad. The Scottish duo haven’t exactly been working overtime to escape the dungeon of one-hit wonderdom.

The interestingly titled Persevere is only their second album in 13 years, and their first release since 1994’s prophetically named Hit the Highway. And while it can only be described as a return to form for twins Charlie and Craig Reid — you’ll instantly recognize the bouncy skifflish rhythms, the strummy acoustic guitars, the charming Everly Brothers harmonies and folk-pop tunesmithery — none of these 14 cuts is addictive enough to entice you to drive to the CD store, never mind hike halfway across the continent. Next time, Persevere a little harder on the songwriting, lads.