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I'm Waking Up to Us Import, Maxi
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Their Second EP of 2001. The Title Track was Produced by Mike Hurst (Pet Clark's "Downtown").
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"Waking Up To Us" sounds a bit like a lost Roy Orbison/Phil Spector tune from the 60's, with its rich orchestration and Stuart's heart-thumping-on-sleeve vocal delivery. It's full of wonderful violin and oboe counter-melodies, and it wins my award for Best Use Of Bassoon In A Rock Song.
What if the Squirrel Nut Zippers covered the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows?" The result might sound a lot like "I Love My Car." I can't get its bouncy, swaggering horn melody out of my head. More wonderful, inscrutable Stuart lyrics here: "I love the rat who lives under the floor and makes his bed from novelettes." He's got triple the imagination of most songwriters.
"Marx and Engels" could hold its own with the best of "If You're Feeling Sinister." It's a warm, gentle piano tune, in which our hero's advances are rebuffed by that cute Communist Manifesto-reading riot grrl in the local laundrette.
I feel like all the previous B&S albums have been building toward this point. It's relaxed, whimsical, intimate and rich. You won't want to do without this disc.
Then is "I love my car," a little ditty many a Belle & Sebastian fan (or at least me) has sung to himself as he fills his auto with gasoline or runs it through the car wash. As you might already have read, it employs a Dixieland jazz ensemble. Weird, yes. But also good. The twittering birds and roaring motors in the background make it interesting.
Finally, the switch back to classic Sinister-style songs with "Marx and Engels." I listened to this once while writing a paper on the Communist Manifesto and I got an A. I'll bet it would work for you, too. It's the most blatantly pretty of the three, carried along by a crisp little piano. The end really kicks it up a notch though. Isobel begins to hum a countermelody over Stuart with unintelligible words and then it seems to end, only to bring the listener to a dreamlike little coda with spacey tinkling of the keys and a flute. I wish it continued for ever, or maybe even just 10 minutes.
This EP is absolutely fantastic, and I recommend it 100%. If you even claim to like Belle & Sebastian, buy it now.
The following tracks, however, are really fantastic.
I love my car is so beautifully produced, has such rich sound, but retains that honest crisp sound that Belle and Sebastian make their trademark. The melody is amazingly catchy (if a bit jingle-like) and the beat is infectious in an old dixieland jazz kind of way. This is the first track that suddenly hit me, and I listened to it over and over, like seven or eight times in a row.
But most astounding is Marx and Engels, which I think is their most beautiful song to date. As always, their lyrics are fascinating, but the melody is just so sweet and rhapsodic. Again, the producing is really excellent. All the instrumentation is very well played and surrounds you in a soft, warm shower of harmony. With a lovely vocal counterpoint and an almost mystical ending, this song has more of a dramatic shape than most Belle and Sebastian songs. It travels farther and offers an interesting revelation at the very end. It's a total classic.
Most recent customer reviews
Great single/EP... one of their best, I think. I'm Waking Up to Us is fantastic. I Love My Car is a great shift for them musically. Marx & Engles, classic B&S lyrics. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2003 by Ruben H Jimenez
It's Belle & Sebastian... Need I say more?
...and if I do, than you're just not listening enough!
The I'm Waking Up To Us cd single contains one fabulous song, one very good song and one okay song. "Marx & Engels" is fabulous, classic Belle & Sebastian with... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2002 by P Magnum
Alright, how many of you reading this have now seen B&S perform the title song on Conan O'Brien? It gets better, believe me! Read morePublished on May 5 2002
Belle and Sebastian's "I'm Waking Up to Us" EP contains one of the most beautiful songs I've heard in my life. Read morePublished on April 10 2002 by Sarah
I was quite disappointed by "Jonathan David" and a bit wary of buying this EP, but happily, it's a great little album. Read morePublished on March 28 2002 by Shannon Wait
well..... they're getting better at it I think. No other band can match the sheer beauty of this music. Read morePublished on March 10 2002 by thrainn
I dont know about the twee pop and cat stevens stuff but this is a wonderful cd single. Istead of a rehash of songs b&s have done before this is a totally new sound for... Read morePublished on March 9 2002
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