More than eight years after the Proclaimers had a surprise hit with "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," the Scottish duo released Persevere in 2001. The album's first single, "There's a Touch," has the same goofy charm of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," as do other tracks on the album such as "Land Fit for Zeros." Casual fans of the group may have forgotten or never known of the group's political edge, but that edge is present on "Scotland's Story" and "Everybody's a Victim." While the album is not likely to achieve the kind of success of their previous work, there is enough interesting material in Persevere to prevent the Proclaimers from being placed in the "Where Are They Now?" file just yet.
by Jon Azpiri