Stuart McHugh, The List, 10.6.04 [4/5]

Perhaps ‘celebrating’ the halcyon era of Scottish football, when humiliation was unexpected and ignominious rather than matter-of-fact; Northern Alliance make suitably downbeat alt.folk of a kind rather suited to Anstruther’s celebrated Fence label. In the mid-90s you’d have called it slowcore, a musical genre typified by Codeine and Karate and still practised by Low. Northern Alliance, remarkably, take the mood down a notch on the beautifully maudlin ‘Preston Falls’, though even this can’t plumb the depths of their funereal version of Andy Cameron’s shameful ‘Ally’s Tartan Army’ – done as its subject matter demands and hopefully putting our nation’s failings to rest. Well, until the next game.

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