I'm a huge Belle & Sebastian fan. but their latest full-length "Dear Catastrophe Waitress" left me cold.
The one exception -- "I'm a Cuckoo," a glorious blast of soft-rock awesomeness that makes me feel like summer has arrived every time I hear it. The song's smooth, instantly hummable riff is one of those melodies you want to hear repeated over and over, and the band happily obliges.
So that's here, along with two folk/country tunes. "Stop Look & Listen" has a Simon & Garfunkel feel... until it gives way to a surprising, propulsive surf-rock coda. "(I Believe In) Travellin' Light" makes an excellent soundtrack for a drive in the country.
Also included -- but not mentioned on Amazon's track listing here for some reason -- is the Avalanches remix of "I'm a Cuckoo." I'm not a big fan of remixes, but this is excellent, miraculously transforming the tune into a gleeful world beat number complete with pleasant tribal rhythms and a choir of African (or at least African-sounding) chantresses.
Plus a video! For cheap! Sweet! Now I don't need to buy the whole album.