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Sunshine on Leith

The Proclaimers
80s
Pop
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The Proclaimers

The Proclaimers are identical twins Craig and Charlie Reid, and the brothers' hometown in Scotland inspired the name of their second album, SUNSHINE ON LEITH. Sunny vibes pervade most of these 13 songs, whose stripped-down pub rock is enlivened by Scottish folk influences. The track that shines brightest is surely “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” which, some five years after the album's 1988 release, became a No.3 U.S. hit thanks to its inclusion in the Benny & Joon soundtrack. But there's plenty more to enjoy beyond that well-known single, with fine originals like “I’m On My Way,” “Oh Jean” and the title track joined by a pair of appealing covers (Steve Earle’s “My Old Friend The Blues” and Roger Miller's “King Of The Road”). SUNSHINE ON LEITH returns as a 140-gram marbled vinyl 2-LP set this Record Store Day, and it remains invigorating from beginning to end.

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