• nice man Sauchiehall and Hope (CD, £14.95)

    label: Beatball

    Korean issue with 1 bonus track. A concept album set in Glasgow town. Nice Man is lonely, finds love, loses love, starts to look for it again. Hollywood's finest are queuing up to buy the film rights. "Head of innovative Glasgow labels Shoeshine and Spit & Polish, Francis (Nice Man) Macdonald's CV includes Alex Chilton, The Pastels, Dan Penn and Jerry Lee Lewis, alongside stints with BMX Bandits and the Fanclub (for whom he still plays live). Sauchiehall & Hope is a love-bitten concept album of sorts, all delicious pop froth and sunny-side-up guitars. "Get That Girl" tips the wink to Big Star, "Mine All Mine" and "Loser" are the Fannies in full summer canter, while Kim Fowley guests on "Heart To Break". Elsewhere, the choppy "Girl, I'm In Love With You" and bubblegum rock n roller "Daydream Girls" ice the cake with panache".


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