|Belle And Sebastian / Life Pursuit, The|
|Add Date:||2006-04-09|| ||Pull Date:||2006-06-11|| |
|Week Ending:||11 Jun||4 Jun||28 May||21 May||14 May||7 May||30 Apr||23 Apr|
Belle and Sebastian- the life pursuit (matador). Fcc 5, 6; MSR review|
Indie pop by the masters. This whole record is catchy as all get out. Nowhere near as emotive as the older stuff (sinister, arab strap, tigermilk) but stronger than the more recent studio albums imho. The vocal melodies carry this album- they are stuart’s most confident yet, and they really explore his full range in creative ways. Most importantly, this album is happy, sunny, gleeful, and any other adjective in that category you can conjure from your critical cauldron. It will make you smile a BIG ASS SMILE- if their old stuff made you pensive and teary-eyed, this may come as a let down, but shit this is just picture perfect pop, and im glad to see the band make the successful evolution. Every track is good, but the first half is much more powerful and captivating.
Standouts: 1, 2, 4, 5 (fcc), 7, 9!!!,
1- piano driven mid-tempo mellow verse with catchy as fuck chorus chock full o’ harmonies
2- jangle pop baby!
3- Very 70’s feel. nice phat synth in the verse.
4- Vox in this song sound JUST LIKE Royston from spacehog (a pet favorite band of mine). Nice and groovy, man.
5- FCC FUCK! Slower, dreamier ballad. Wistful and pretty.
6- FCC ASSHOLES More catchy funky groovin’. These vox sound like spacehog too!
7- Fast rocker with ample harmonies. Fun!
8- Totally corny 70s soul vibe- sounds like it could be on ?luv’s babies makin babies comp! totally dreamy chorus
9- PERFECT PERFECT SONG. As catchy as they come. Everything that makes the band great- poppy as can be, but somehow theres still emotional content, where it comes from I cant put my finger, buts its there. PLAY NOW!
10- Piano and punchy chords lead this one. I think it’s a different singer, not stuart, and I don’t like him as much. Kinda boring, though it does have a nice 60s rock feel to it.
11- A little folkier/bluesier, piano-led. Show-tunish, and it kinda drags. The coda around 3 minutes in is a reprise is of track 1.
12- So poppy it hurts, sounds like it could accompany a beach scene on the oc. Nice trumpets towards the ends…I love trumpets
13- Oh shit, it’s the closer! Slow and sweet, of course. There may be more minor key on this one than anywhere else on the album. very brit-pop too, almost like a Suede B-Side.