THE PROCLAIMERS Born Innocent (Persevere Records) Rating: NN
Charlie and Craig Reid have an uncanny ability to write such catchy, melodic songs that you end up humming them all day, pissing off co-workers and friends alike. Born Innocent works the same way, but just as often serves up schmaltzy ballads that miss the mark and throw off what pace the rollicking numbers have set. The title track is convincingly inspired but pales in comparison to their 80s hit I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), which a new generation knows as the song that flogs beer for corporate conglomerates. Born innocent, but justly found guilty.