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Dear Catastrophe Waitress


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 7 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000CBHQ1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Evans on 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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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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By A Customer on July 4 2004
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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By Guy on June 30 2004
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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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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By Ziggy on June 7 2004
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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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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