Q Magazine February 2004

Closer To God (Fire)
Rating: 3 stars / 5
The wry nearly men of indie

Originally released in 1992, this shambolic yet oddly compelling double album captured the perennial outsiders in all their troubled glory. Despite the upbeat, often cutesy arrangements of their jangly anthems, singer-songwriter Dan Treacy frequently used the band as an outlet for his feelings of depression and under-achievement: Very Dark Today and My Very First Nervous Breakdown make for highly uneasy listening. Yet the whimsical humour of Hard Luck Story Number 39 and Me And My Big Ideas are far more winning, confirming that the Television Personalities were unlucky not to follow kindred spirits The Lightning Seeds to commercial success.

Ian Gittins

Thanks to Michael Conway for the clipping.
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