The Proclaimers,
Born Innocent
(Persevere, 2004)

Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid -- also known as The Proclaimers -- are back with a collection of triumphant and poignant songs on Born Innocent.

Important people have a way of recognizing the talent in the Reid brothers. The group got early advice and demo time from Kevin Rowland (of Dexy's Midnight Runners) and a break as tour support from The Housemartins. Now, as they return to the scene, we should not be surprised that Scottish musician and producer Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice, Nu-Sonics) produced this album, which released in the UK in the fall of 2003.

While a Celtic-punk substrate remains in the music, this album is much more sophisticated and polished than, say, the raucous and successful Top 3 single "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." These Scottish soul gems are replete in wide-eyed awareness ("Blood on Your Hands") and compelling poignancy ("Unguarded Moments"). This album also includes a cover of the '60s hit "Five O'clock World" as well as live versions of "Unguarded Moments" and the memorable title track.

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music review by
Tom Schulte

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