Teenage Fanclub, Howdy! (Columbia): Currently available only as an import, Teenage Fanclub follow-up 1997's Songs From Northern Britain with another gorgeous album filled with light harmonies, sweet melodies and a kind of Byrds-meet-Beatles for Sale sound. Howdy! is even more decisively "out-of-time" than Songs From Northern Britain; indeed, the phrase recurs in Howdy!'s lyrics. As "High Fidelity" author Nick Hornby wrote in the November issue of Mojo: "It's as if they wish to reverse the direction of the '60s: they started with 'Helter Skelter' and have worked their way back to 'I Want to Hold Your Hand.' " "I Can't Find My Way Home" is Big Star-meets-the-Hollies gorgeous. — Michael Goldberg

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