More bedroom pop than dancefloor romp, Ballboy's misleadingly titled Club Anthems will no doubt appeal to fanatics of the Go-Betweens, Belle & Sebastian, Hefner, Reindeer Section, and Sarah Records' entire catalog. With its 14 understated, (t)wee pop tracks culled from the Edinburgh-based foursome's first three sold-out EPs -- and including two new and two re-recorded songs -- the album is an impressive stateside debut that blends jangly, acoustic atmospherics, beautifully lilting vocals, and touching, heart-heavy sentiments about love, sex, and starting anew. Sure, on songs like "Dumper Truck Racing" and the hit "I Hate Scotland," the band too often sounds too much like too many other acts, but that certainly doesn't mean the album fails. On the contrary, Ballboy's sigh-along songs soothe and sway like the best Scot-pop -- they just aren't the most original Club Anthems that listeners have (or will) come across. The CD also includes the video for "I Hate Scotland."
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AllMusic Review by Jimmy Draper