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Dear Catastrophe Waitress

Belle and Sebastian Audio CD
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1. Step Into My Office, Baby
2. Dear Catastrophe Waitress
3. If She Wants Me
4. Piazza, New York Catcher
5. Asleep On A Sunbeam
6. I'm A Cuckoo
7. You Don't Send Me
8. Wrapped Up In Books
9. Lord Anthony
10. If You Find Yourself Caught In Love
11. Roy Walker
12. Stay Loose

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Dear Catastrophe Waitress was a make or break album for Belle & Sebastian. Having lost two founder members (Stuart David to Looper and Isobel Campbell to the Gentle Waves) and produced a couple of endearing but not hugely exciting albums (their soundtrack to Todd Solondz's Storytelling film and their own Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant), the pressure was on for the Scottish indie-pop six-piece to provide a startling return to form.

The presence of Trevor Horn (the man behind Tatu and Frankie Goes to Hollywood) as producer suggested that a stylistic leap was imminent. But would it be at the cost of the group's unique charm? Thankfully not. Chief songwriter Stuart Murdoch has clearly been listening to a lot of Randy Newman and Joe Jackson, along with a touch of Thin Lizzy, and Horn manages to meld these new influences with the trademark B&S sound. "Step into My Office Baby" is orchestral pop with a cheeky, almost raucous bent. "If She Wants Me" pulls off a flirtation with Orange Juice-style funk, while "Stay Loose" could be Squeeze covering "Space Oddity". On the more traditional B&S songs (the title track, "Wrapped Up in Books", live favourite "Lord Anthony"), the ante is upped simply by the quality of songwriting, which is a match for anything from the Tigermilk glory days.

For a band whose best work seemed long behind them, Dear Catastrophe Waitress is just what was ordered. Not simply a return to form, but a bright new future. --Ian Watson

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Their classic 2003 album available on double vinyl with gatefold and MP3 coupon. Includes the hit singles, "Step Into My Office, Baby" and "I'm A Cuckoo". "Murdoch's gift for loopy, tender, unshakeable hymns, stomps, and meditations is untouchable" - Blender. "The painstaking arrangements, dynamic shifts and tempo changes equal or surpass the chamber-pop perfection of the group's earlier work" - Popmatters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best...Album....Ever Oct. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
I had written a praising but critical review on this album. I just scratched it because now I think the album is perfect. Stuart Murdoch is a completely unpretentious and honest songwriter, and he's one of the best songwriters ever, up there with old Lennon and McCartney. Seriously. And they put together such a great album. It's very eclectic, but not un-naturally so. I've been listening to nothing but this album for months, and every once in a while I'll go back and listen to the old stuff. I still find it to be some of the best music I've ever heard, but I'm completely caught in the charm of DCW right now. I really like the new direction, and they've signed a 5-record contract with Rough Trade records! This is only the first one. I can't wait to hear what they do next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Cuckoo July 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
Belle and Sebastian, yes, the large band from overseas that have brought us tons of great depressing songs, have created the perfect pop album. Dear Catastrophe Waitress is full of great pop songs. Some of my favorites are I'm A Cuckoo, Step Into My Office, Baby, If She Wants Me, and If You Find Yourself Caught in Love. These songs should get more airplay. Sadly, i don't see that happening any time soon. Anyway, Don't expect a ton of great depressing songs this time around. Expect a fresh, new, and happy Belle and Sebastian. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars maybe "too good" for some... July 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Reading some of the negative reviews of this album, I get the feeling that B&S are probably the band with the most critical fans ever... I couldn't find anything bad or overproduced on this album - it's great just like all their other albums and EPs. And what's wrong with them going a little more mainstream? I think B&S are a band who deserve a lot more success than they got.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful June 30 2004
By Guy
Format:Audio CD
This was the first B&S album that I ever bought, based on reccommandations from some indie-rock/pop friends, a purchase I don't regret for an instant. It's nice to see that pop can still be created in a sophisticated and clever fashion, without falling prey to forumula and commercial appeal. A great addition to anyone who like well put together music without any contrived "edginess" to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bright, shiney, delicious pop! June 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'd kinda stopped listening to Belle & Sebastian's output after "If You're Feeling Sinister" - so I wasn't sure what to expect here. If you're a fan of the classic album I just mentioned I would definetly reccomend this - it's a bit more bright and poppy - I love the lead singers voice, very unique and natural sounding - and the tunes are great - be prepared for bright, sugary pop - but of the highest quality. Great harmony vocals too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Whimsical Listen June 7 2004
By Ziggy
Format:Audio CD
Excellent album, highlighted by the singles, and the strongest track, 'If She Wants Me'. Being my first Belle and Sebastian experience I was pleasantly surprised and after extensive exploration of their other efforts, this remains, by some distance, their best album.
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Format:Audio CD
An earlier reviewer made passing reference to the use of Belle & Sebastian in the movie High Fidelity. This strikes me as the perfect vehicle to describe my reaction to Dear Catastrophe Waitress. I have played earlier B & S albums for my friends, and I've received reviews not unlike Barry (Jack Black)'s "sad bastard music" comment as he barrels into Rob (John Cusack)'s record store armed with the cheery tones of Katrina and the Waves, only to be greeted with the cold air of Belle & Sebastian. I keep them in a special section of my collection which I call "Wimpy Brit Pop". It's some of my favorite material, but I can't play it for anyone.
Dear Catastrophe Waitress is a different story. Later on in High Fidelity, Rob says with confidence, "I will now sell five copies of The 3 EPs by The Beta Band." He cues up the chorus of Dry the Rain, and everyone in the store starts bouncing. Someone asks him within seconds who it is. That's how my friends are responding to Dear Catastrophe Waitress. Belle & Sebastian have turned a corner with a little help from Trevor Horn. This album appeals not to a different crowd, but to a much larger, more inclusive one.
Arab Strap and Sinister reside in my "Top fifty albums I can't play for people" list.
Dear Catastrophe Waitress is in my Top fifty albums, Period.
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3.0 out of 5 stars plaid...with stripes May 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD is like when you wear plaid with stripes. It is a mixed up-don't know what I wanna be sorta problem. The band sounds great but it is too much of this and that. It sounds a bit like something you know from the past and then it switches to something else from the past. Sorry, but that is the only way to explain it.
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